I have a soft spot for Chinatowns. Both LA and SF.
If you been on FTC here long enough you know I love me some SGV, Ktown, Thai Town, Little Saigon, and South Bay eats.
For the small area of Chinatown, there is no other neighborhood in Los Angeles and Southern California with this much variety imo.
Here me out…I’ll start with the #1 busiest restaurant in LA where the lines have not stop…
Howlin Rays…Nashville Hot Chicken with Chef Johnny Ray Zone’s take on Nashville Hot Chicken.
Pearl River Deli…enough said with our multiple threads here and visits. Along with Needle serving up some of the best Cantonese food in So Cal!!!
LASA…thee new school 2nd gen Filipino food.
More sandwiches: one of the most iconic and classic Philippes, Eastside Deli, Little Jewel of New Orleans, Katsu Sando
(French-American, Italian-American, New Orleans, and Japanese!!!)
Also French at Oriel, which is probably one of the coolest restaurants at night with Blade Runner like lighting and mood. Nicks Deli is a classic u-shaped diner. A minute walk away is LAX-C the largest Thai market that I know of with a very good takeout steamtable and on the weekends the best Thai coconut cakes around. Of course Majordomo, nuff said but this is what peak fusion food should be like.
Coffee? Well there is Endofferine which probably makes better espresso based drinks than down on Sunset know what I mean, Chimney (Thai coffee beans and Thai influence food) and SPLA (Brazilian, São Paulo).
Late night Little Tokyo favorite Suehiro also has a spot here in Chinatown, serving up that Hayashi rice that I still think about.
I still like places like New Fortune for their white cut chicken, Jade Wok for their housemade tofu special, Longs Family pastry for some baos, Phoenix Bakery for almond cookies and the iconic strawberry cake that has been copied around our country, Phoenix Inn for drinks and desserts.
Bars? You got General Lees and Melody Lounge. Beer? Lot of snobs like Highland Park Brewery so I trust you.
Food aside, Olvera St and Union Station are right there.
And that cool ass Bruce Lee statue! Anyways thanks for reading Dear Diary just sharing my thoughts.