Welcome to Meanwhile in the SGV, a regular report of openings, closures, and switcheroos in the San Gabriel Valley, one of the LA area’s most prolific centers of restaurant culture. Here, Eater’s roving reporter Jim Thurman accounts ten notable new restaurants.
1) Temple City: Beijing Imperial Cuisine arrives in the SGV with the opening of Bistro Na’s Restaurant in Camellia Square. Look for a lavish décor and menu featuring Beijing favorites and desserts — such as fish-shaped milk pudding — stylishly plated in a very large space suitable for banquets. 9055 E. Las Tunas Dr. #105
2) San Gabriel: the Lu family empire rolls onward with the scheduled Wednesday opening of Mama’s Dumpling House in the San Gabriel Superstore Plaza. It replaces TG Kitchen, which started life as part of the now collapsed Tasty Garden empire of Hong Kong cafés. 608 E. Valley Blvd.
3) Temple City: Miss Feeling Restaurant & Bar brings seafood, skewers, hotpots and live music to downtown Temple City. An interesting option for your fish — among them, black cod — is having it served with lychees. Alcohol is served and there is an outdoor patio. Their menu lists an upcoming City of Industry location. 9619 E. Las Tunas Dr.
4) Rosemead: Hot on the heels of their first U.S. location in Rowland Heights, Hot-Star Large Fried Chicken looks to open soon in a space that was formerly a family medical clinic. The Shilin Night Market favorite turned chain is known for their signature Taiwanese-style fried chicken cutlet. The rapidly expanding chain is also slated to open soon in Pasadena. 7540 Garvey Ave.
5) Arcadia: Spring Bamboo Seafood has been replaced by a restaurant with signage reading Family Li Seafood and a menu reading Empire Seafood. Whichever name you choose, look for a menu of dim sum, seafood and hot pots, much like Spring Bamboo had. 1271 S. Baldwin Ave.
6) Alhambra: Nadi Myanmar Café has replaced long time Indonesian spot Indo Kitchen. The opening marks the fourth Burmese restaurant in the SGV. Signature Burmese items tea leaf salad and chickpea tofu aren't on the current menu, but both will be added soon, with plans to add tea leaf salad this week. 5 N. 4th St.
7) Monterey Park: The Korean dessert boom in the SGV continues with the recent opening of Snowy Village in Atlantic Times Square. Look for bingsoo (shaved ice), snows and coffees and teas. It’s the fifth location for the chain, but first in Los Angeles County. More significantly, it replaces Coldstone Creamery, the last “Western” chain in Atlantic Times Square. 500 N. Atlantic Blvd. Suite C 118A
6) City of Industry: Lobster Now features Sichuan and seafood in yet another place with stylish décor. Wait, isn’t Sichuan a landlocked province? Yes, but never mind that. It replaces Ni Hao Soup Garden, which was sort of a Cantonese-Chinese version of Souplantation that was better in concept than execution. 17501 Colima Rd.
9) San Gabriel: Replacing Zen Buffet is Fresh QBake, which — despite its name — stresses steamed dishes, particularly steamed seafood. 5449 Rosemead Blvd.
10) Arcadia: A contender for one of the best restaurant names of 2016, Fork Over Pork features Korean BBQ with an obvious leaning to all things pork, such as pork belly. 1431 Baldwin Ave.