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Celebrate the Sweater Weather at Mandarette Chinese Cafe

Mandarette Chinese Cafe celebrated its 35th Anniversary this past year, and if it was up to their diehard fanbase of locals and those in the know, they will be around for another 35 years. The Beverly Grove mainstay, led by Owner Ken Yang, started as a sister restaurant of the historic Mandarin in Beverly Hills, and has been in the family ever since.  Yang’s father helped create the menu made up of classic comfort Chinese food along with interesting spins...

Noodle World

Carbo load at Noodle World (6118 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028; 323.960.0999) with dishes like Rare Steak Pho, Spicy Beef Stew, Tom Yum Ramen, Pad Thai, Spicy Spaghetti Beef, Chow Mein and rice dishes like Chicken Curry, Mint Leaf Chicken, and Grilled Pork Chop. They basically have it all. Their menu also includes veggie dishes, salads, side dishes like fried tofu, egg rolls, chicken satay, gyoza, and even chicken wings. They also have Boba, blended coffee/tea, smoothies, and milkshakes. Open daily, 11 am-10 pm....

Shanghai Rose

Shanghai Rose (12229 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604) takes over the old Chi Dynasty in Studio City with dim sum every day and cart service on the weekends. You can expect your dim sum to be made with farm-fresh produce and Grade-A beef by 100% Hong Kong chefs. The decor is sophisticated, with red, black and white and the dim sum prices are around $4. They also have Chinese dishes if dim sum isn’t your thing. Open 11:30 am-10 pm....

Pre-Kings Game Puck & Play Dinner at Nest at WP24

Think fast, you’re headed to a Kings game at Staples Center and you want to eat something above stadium nosh. Consider then, the pre-game Puck & Play dinner at Nest at WP24, (900 W Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90015; 213.743.8824) where Wolfgang Puck serves his modern interpretation of traditional Chinese cuisine. It’s $50 a head, but if you consider overpriced stadium food (and the bloat that comes with), that’s not crazy. The downtown area near Staples makes me bonkers, so...

Philippe Chow

Philippe Chow (8620 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211; 310.289.3500) is making a much deserved name for himself with the success of Philippe New York and his newest Beverly Hills location, Philippe Chow. For 25 years, Philippe trained under and worked alongside the masters at Mr. Chow, a landmark in the foodscape of Chinese cuisine, and like at Mr. Chow, quality, the dining experience, and presentation are of utmost priority. Start with the Chicken Satay which comes with a creamy peanut sauce...