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A bowl of beef noodle soup from Dai Ho Restaurant.
Beef noodle soup from Dai Ho restaurant.
Cathy Chaplin

22 Essential San Gabriel Valley Restaurants, 2022 Edition

Dim sum, Taiwanese breakfast, and Italian sandwiches

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Beef noodle soup from Dai Ho restaurant.
| Cathy Chaplin

The San Gabriel Valley just east of Downtown Los Angeles is a trove of incredible dining. The expansive area that includes cities like Arcadia, Alhambra, Monterey Park, and San Gabriel contains some of the finest Asian restaurants in Southern California, including a significant Sichuan, Cantonese, and Vietnamese food scene. However, there are plenty of other notable places to eat in the area, like Babita Mexicuisine’s upscale Mexican fare, as well as Claro’s Italian Market for stellar Italian subs. Here now, a guide to essential restaurants in the San Gabriel Valley.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Lan Noodle

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411 E Huntington Dr Suite 102
Arcadia, CA 91006
(626) 618-6686
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In the running for the best noodle shop in SGV, Lan Noodle, which also shows up as Lanzhou Beef Noodle in listings, is a place for incredible spicy handmade soups and more in a casual strip mall space. Be sure to ask for things on the spicy side for maximum flavor.

A bowl of Lanzhou beef noodle soup at LAN Noodle.
Lanzhou beef noodle soup at Lan Noodle.
Wonho Frank Lee

2. Din Tai Fung

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400 S Baldwin Ave #M5
Arcadia, CA 91007
(626) 446-8588
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The original landing spot in North America for this Taiwan-based chain, Din Tai Fung has relocated to inside the Westfield Santa Anita serving Shanghai-influenced xiao long bao and other stir-fried fare. In addition to dumplings, try the refreshing cold cucumber appetizer and comforting pan-fried rice cakes. There are locations in Century City and Torrance as well, both inside malls.

Din Tai Fung xiao long bao soup dumplings.
Din Tai Fung xiao long bao soup dumplings.
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3. Chef Tony

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1108 S Baldwin Ave
Arcadia, CA 91007
(626) 623-6668
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Taking over the former Din Tai Fung space in Arcadia, Chef Tony, conceived by Cantonese chef Tony He, is the smaller menu cousin of its original Rosemead restaurant Sea Harbour (which is also excellent). The dim sum here is among the best in SGV.

Deep fried Chinese dumpling with shrimp, squid, and fish at Chef Tony.
Deep fried Chinese dumpling with shrimp, squid, and fish at Chef Tony.
Wonho Frank Lee

4. Dai Ho Restaurant

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9148 Las Tunas Dr
Temple City, CA 91780
(626) 291-2295

Known for its casual digs and amazing beef noodle soup, Dai Ho is a classic SGV cafe that only serves during lunch from Tuesday to Sunday, from 11:30 to 2:30 p.m. Get there early before anything sells out.

A bowl of beef noodle soup from Dai Ho Restaurant.
A bowl of beef noodle soup from Dai Ho Restaurant.
Cathy Chaplin

5. Bistro Na's

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9055 Las Tunas Dr #105
Temple City, CA 91780
(626) 286-1999
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As the SGV’s only Michelin starred restaurant, Bistro Na’s boasts an extensive menu of palace-style fare with the ambience to match. Prices will be commensurate with the quality, but there’s no doubt that Bistro Na’s is the most upscale place to eat in San Gabriel Valley. Try the spicy dry-braised black cod served in a long oval platter.

Bistro Na’s sign.
Bistro Na’s sign.
Bistro Na’s

6. Chong Qing Special Noodles

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708 E Las Tunas Dr
San Gabriel, CA 91776
(626) 374-1849
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The late Jonathan Gold was a tireless defender of Chong Qing Special Noodles, which sits a bit hidden away from SGV’s main drag. It’s worth finding this noodle shop, which has more types of dishes than three restaurant menus put together. The noodle soups and flavor-laden dan dan noodles are worth ordering.

Dan dan noodles from Chongqing Special Noodles in SGV
Dan dan noodles from Chongqing Special Noodles.
Matthew Kang

7. Golden Deli San Gabriel

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815 W Las Tunas Dr
San Gabriel, CA 91776
(626) 308-0803
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Arguably the best overall Vietnamese restaurant in SGV, Golden Deli’s crispy, crunchy cha gio are always in demand, but everything from the bun to the pho are fantastic too. Expect lengthy waits during prime hours.

8. Newport Seafood Restaurant

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518 W Las Tunas Dr
San Gabriel, CA 91776
(626) 289-5998
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With an expansive Cantonese menu with Cambodian influences, this huge standalone building in San Gabriel remains one of the region’s top overall restaurants, especially for its fresh lobster made with green onion and garlic, and as well as bo luc lac.

Newport Seafood Restaurant
Lobster from Newport Seafood.
Cathy Chaplin

9. Jiang Nan Spring

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910 E Main St
Alhambra, CA 91801
(626) 766-1688
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With a wide, elegant dining room that feels grow up compared to some of its SGV rivals, Jiang Nan Spring is a Shanghai-style restaurant with a big menu and elegant cooking across the board. The kind of place to have a slightly fancier Chinese dinner if the need arises.

Jiang Nan Spring
Jiang Nan Spring.
Jiang Nan Spring

10. Yang's Kitchen

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112 W Main St
Alhambra, CA 91801
(626) 281-1035
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A modern Asian American restaurant with chef flourishes, seasonal ingredients, and California-inspired fare, Yang’s Kitchen has had to navigate the pandemic with some major adaptations to its menu. But the brunchy, all-day fare has some highlights, from a customizable set meal to cornmeal mochi pancakes.

Interior of Yang’s Kitchen in Alhambra.
Yang’s Kitchen Alhambra.
Wonho Frank Lee

11. Kogane

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1129 S Fremont Ave Unit C
Alhambra, CA 91803
(626) 703-4148

Probably SGV’s most high-end omakase destination, Kogane is a seven-seat counter that serves incredible sushi from two accomplished chefs at a starting price of $250 for dinner. Lunch time is a more approachable $100 and includes some table seating as well. A truly special experience.

Fumio Azumi and Kwan-san at Kogane restaurant in Alhambra, California.
Chefs at Kogane.
Matthew Kang

12. Claro's Italian Market

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1003 E Valley Blvd
San Gabriel, CA 91776
(626) 288-2026
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Opened since 1948, this old time Italian deli and market has amazing sandwiches on plush bread. There are six locations in Southern California, but the original in San Gabriel is the one to check out.

13. Shaanxi Garden

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529 E Valley Blvd #178a
San Gabriel, CA 91776
(626) 787-5555
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With wide hand-pulled noodles hailing from China’s Shaanxi region, this versatile restaurant always has plenty of seating to accommodate medium to larger parties. Prices are incredible reasonable and the portions are hefty too. Get an order of chewy biang biang noodles for the table.

Biang biang mian at Shaanxi Garden
Biang biang mian at Shaanxi Garden.
Matthew Kang

14. Mian

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301 W Valley Blvd #114-115
San Gabriel, CA 91776
(626) 693-6888
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Chengdu Taste founder Tony Xu has a more casual noodle-centric restaurant just down the street from his famous Sichuan restaurant. Mian might be even better, with elegantly sauced and well-portioned dishes that can be eaten almost every day.

Noodles and chaoshou at Mian
Noodle dishes from Mian.
Matthew Kang

15. Medan Kitchen

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8518 Valley Blvd STE 102
Rosemead, CA 91770
(626) 693-6231
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It’s incredible that 77-year-old Siu Chen went from home cook to restaurant owner during a pandemic. The family-run operation is now Rosemead’s hub for Indonesian fare with beef rendang, lemongrass fried chicken, and grilled pork satay. It’s a takeout model where all food is prepared and pre-packaged, so order early or walk-in and try your luck. —Mona Holmes

Prepared food for sale at Medan Kitchen.
Prepared food for sale at Medan Kitchen.
Wonho Frank Lee

16. 101 Noodle Express

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1408 E Valley Blvd
Alhambra, CA 91801
(626) 300-8654
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Most people come here for the beef roll, a scallion pancake stuffed with thinly sliced beef, cilantro, and sauce, but 101 Noodle Express has a huge menu of other dishes that run the gamut of Chinese cuisine. A reliable, affordable restaurant good for feeding a crowd.

101 Noodle Express
101 Noodle Express
Lindsey Baruch

17. Chengdu Taste

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828 W Valley Blvd
Alhambra, CA 91803
(626) 588-2284
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Tony Xu’s enduring Sichuan restaurant can be inconsistent with the level of spice it puts into its dishes, but when they’re spicy, the heat can be unrelenting (and awe-inspiring). The mung bean noodles, spicy wontons, toothpick lamb, and eggplant dishes are the highlights.

A variety of colorful Sichuanese dishes from Chengdu Taste.
Dishes from Chengdu Taste.
Farley Elliott

18. Sichuan Impression

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1900 W Valley Blvd
Alhambra, CA 91803
(626) 283-4622
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One of the two main Sichuan restaurant powerhouses in SGV, Sichuan Impression has a way of serving polished, almost elegant regional dishes with enough spice to draw a decent of sweat on the brow. Start with the cold house special noodles.

Cold special noodles and steamed chicken with chili sauce at Sichuan Impression
Special noodles and cold steamed chicken from Sichuan Impression.
Matthew Kang

19. Babita Mexicuisine

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1823 S San Gabriel Blvd
San Gabriel, CA 91776
(626) 288-7265

A true throwback Mexican restaurant with white tablecloths, classic Mexican fare, and a grown up ambience, Babita is a real gem in San Gabriel Valley. A place to experience upscale Mexican food with good wine and stellar service.

20. Huge Tree Pastry

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423 N Atlantic Blvd
Monterey Park, CA 91754
(626) 458-8689
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One of Southern California’s gifts is an abundance of Taiwanese breakfast spots. Operating since 2010, Huge Tree Pastry’s pan-fried omelette, hot soy milk, and crullers are only a small sample of what this diner excels at. If the plant-based crowd wants to make the trek, opt for the vegetarian fan tuan. —Mona Holmes

Pan fried radish cake at Huge Tree Pastry.
Pan fried radish cake at Huge Tree Pastry.
Cathy Chaplin

21. Elite Restaurant

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700 S Atlantic Blvd
Monterey Park, CA 91754
(626) 282-9998
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This dim sum powerhouse is packed most days serving fantastic versions of the daytime fare, like har gow, barbecue pork buns, and shiu mai. The prices are going to be a notch higher than other dim sum houses, but the quality is also better. For dinner, expect a more traditional Cantonese seafood-style banquet experience.

Array of small dim sum plates with shrimp har gow, shu mai dumplings, pork buns, and more on a white tablecloth.
Dim Sum from Elite.
Matthew Kang

22. Delicious Food Corner

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2325 S Garfield Ave
Monterey Park, CA 91754
(323) 726-0788
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This bustling Hong Kong-style cafe in Monterey Park has a huge menu of every day Cantonese fare, from congee and rice rolls by day to more shareable noodle dishes and stir-frys in the evening. Bring a crew and order a ton of dishes.

Delicious Food Corner dishes overhead.
Congee and more from Delicious Food Corner.
Cathy Chaplin

1. Lan Noodle

411 E Huntington Dr Suite 102, Arcadia, CA 91006
A bowl of Lanzhou beef noodle soup at LAN Noodle.
Lanzhou beef noodle soup at Lan Noodle.
Wonho Frank Lee

In the running for the best noodle shop in SGV, Lan Noodle, which also shows up as Lanzhou Beef Noodle in listings, is a place for incredible spicy handmade soups and more in a casual strip mall space. Be sure to ask for things on the spicy side for maximum flavor.

411 E Huntington Dr Suite 102
Arcadia, CA 91006

2. Din Tai Fung

400 S Baldwin Ave #M5, Arcadia, CA 91007
Din Tai Fung xiao long bao soup dumplings.
Din Tai Fung xiao long bao soup dumplings.
flickr/ttseng

The original landing spot in North America for this Taiwan-based chain, Din Tai Fung has relocated to inside the Westfield Santa Anita serving Shanghai-influenced xiao long bao and other stir-fried fare. In addition to dumplings, try the refreshing cold cucumber appetizer and comforting pan-fried rice cakes. There are locations in Century City and Torrance as well, both inside malls.

400 S Baldwin Ave #M5
Arcadia, CA 91007

3. Chef Tony

1108 S Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007
Deep fried Chinese dumpling with shrimp, squid, and fish at Chef Tony.
Deep fried Chinese dumpling with shrimp, squid, and fish at Chef Tony.
Wonho Frank Lee

Taking over the former Din Tai Fung space in Arcadia, Chef Tony, conceived by Cantonese chef Tony He, is the smaller menu cousin of its original Rosemead restaurant Sea Harbour (which is also excellent). The dim sum here is among the best in SGV.

1108 S Baldwin Ave
Arcadia, CA 91007

4. Dai Ho Restaurant

9148 Las Tunas Dr, Temple City, CA 91780
A bowl of beef noodle soup from Dai Ho Restaurant.
A bowl of beef noodle soup from Dai Ho Restaurant.
Cathy Chaplin

Known for its casual digs and amazing beef noodle soup, Dai Ho is a classic SGV cafe that only serves during lunch from Tuesday to Sunday, from 11:30 to 2:30 p.m. Get there early before anything sells out.

9148 Las Tunas Dr
Temple City, CA 91780

5. Bistro Na's

9055 Las Tunas Dr #105, Temple City, CA 91780
Bistro Na’s sign.
Bistro Na’s sign.
Bistro Na’s

As the SGV’s only Michelin starred restaurant, Bistro Na’s boasts an extensive menu of palace-style fare with the ambience to match. Prices will be commensurate with the quality, but there’s no doubt that Bistro Na’s is the most upscale place to eat in San Gabriel Valley. Try the spicy dry-braised black cod served in a long oval platter.

9055 Las Tunas Dr #105
Temple City, CA 91780

6. Chong Qing Special Noodles

708 E Las Tunas Dr, San Gabriel, CA 91776
Dan dan noodles from Chongqing Special Noodles in SGV
Dan dan noodles from Chongqing Special Noodles.
Matthew Kang

The late Jonathan Gold was a tireless defender of Chong Qing Special Noodles, which sits a bit hidden away from SGV’s main drag. It’s worth finding this noodle shop, which has more types of dishes than three restaurant menus put together. The noodle soups and flavor-laden dan dan noodles are worth ordering.

708 E Las Tunas Dr
San Gabriel, CA 91776

7. Golden Deli San Gabriel

815 W Las Tunas Dr, San Gabriel, CA 91776

Arguably the best overall Vietnamese restaurant in SGV, Golden Deli’s crispy, crunchy cha gio are always in demand, but everything from the bun to the pho are fantastic too. Expect lengthy waits during prime hours.

815 W Las Tunas Dr
San Gabriel, CA 91776

8. Newport Seafood Restaurant

518 W Las Tunas Dr, San Gabriel, CA 91776
Newport Seafood Restaurant
Lobster from Newport Seafood.
Cathy Chaplin

With an expansive Cantonese menu with Cambodian influences, this huge standalone building in San Gabriel remains one of the region’s top overall restaurants, especially for its fresh lobster made with green onion and garlic, and as well as bo luc lac.

518 W Las Tunas Dr
San Gabriel, CA 91776

9. Jiang Nan Spring

910 E Main St, Alhambra, CA 91801
Jiang Nan Spring
Jiang Nan Spring.
Jiang Nan Spring

With a wide, elegant dining room that feels grow up compared to some of its SGV rivals, Jiang Nan Spring is a Shanghai-style restaurant with a big menu and elegant cooking across the board. The kind of place to have a slightly fancier Chinese dinner if the need arises.

910 E Main St
Alhambra, CA 91801

10. Yang's Kitchen

112 W Main St, Alhambra, CA 91801
Interior of Yang’s Kitchen in Alhambra.
Yang’s Kitchen Alhambra.
Wonho Frank Lee

A modern Asian American restaurant with chef flourishes, seasonal ingredients, and California-inspired fare, Yang’s Kitchen has had to navigate the pandemic with some major adaptations to its menu. But the brunchy, all-day fare has some highlights, from a customizable set meal to cornmeal mochi pancakes.

112 W Main St
Alhambra, CA 91801

11. Kogane

1129 S Fremont Ave Unit C, Alhambra, CA 91803
Fumio Azumi and Kwan-san at Kogane restaurant in Alhambra, California.
Chefs at Kogane.
Matthew Kang

Probably SGV’s most high-end omakase destination, Kogane is a seven-seat counter that serves incredible sushi from two accomplished chefs at a starting price of $250 for dinner. Lunch time is a more approachable $100 and includes some table seating as well. A truly special experience.

1129 S Fremont Ave Unit C
Alhambra, CA 91803

12. Claro's Italian Market

1003 E Valley Blvd, San Gabriel, CA 91776

Opened since 1948, this old time Italian deli and market has amazing sandwiches on plush bread. There are six locations in Southern California, but the original in San Gabriel is the one to check out.

1003 E Valley Blvd
San Gabriel, CA 91776

13. Shaanxi Garden

529 E Valley Blvd #178a, San Gabriel, CA 91776
Biang biang mian at Shaanxi Garden
Biang biang mian at Shaanxi Garden.
Matthew Kang

With wide hand-pulled noodles hailing from China’s Shaanxi region, this versatile restaurant always has plenty of seating to accommodate medium to larger parties. Prices are incredible reasonable and the portions are hefty too. Get an order of chewy biang biang noodles for the table.

529 E Valley Blvd #178a
San Gabriel, CA 91776

14. Mian

301 W Valley Blvd #114-115, San Gabriel, CA 91776
Noodles and chaoshou at Mian
Noodle dishes from Mian.
Matthew Kang

Chengdu Taste founder Tony Xu has a more casual noodle-centric restaurant just down the street from his famous Sichuan restaurant. Mian might be even better, with elegantly sauced and well-portioned dishes that can be eaten almost every day.

301 W Valley Blvd #114-115
San Gabriel, CA 91776

15. Medan Kitchen

8518 Valley Blvd STE 102, Rosemead, CA 91770
Prepared food for sale at Medan Kitchen.
Prepared food for sale at Medan Kitchen.
Wonho Frank Lee

It’s incredible that 77-year-old Siu Chen went from home cook to restaurant owner during a pandemic. The family-run operation is now Rosemead’s hub for Indonesian fare with beef rendang, lemongrass fried chicken, and grilled pork satay. It’s a takeout model where all food is prepared and pre-packaged, so order early or walk-in and try your luck. —Mona Holmes

8518 Valley Blvd STE 102
Rosemead, CA 91770

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16. 101 Noodle Express

1408 E Valley Blvd, Alhambra, CA 91801
101 Noodle Express
101 Noodle Express
Lindsey Baruch

Most people come here for the beef roll, a scallion pancake stuffed with thinly sliced beef, cilantro, and sauce, but 101 Noodle Express has a huge menu of other dishes that run the gamut of Chinese cuisine. A reliable, affordable restaurant good for feeding a crowd.

1408 E Valley Blvd
Alhambra, CA 91801

17. Chengdu Taste

828 W Valley Blvd, Alhambra, CA 91803
A variety of colorful Sichuanese dishes from Chengdu Taste.
Dishes from Chengdu Taste.
Farley Elliott

Tony Xu’s enduring Sichuan restaurant can be inconsistent with the level of spice it puts into its dishes, but when they’re spicy, the heat can be unrelenting (and awe-inspiring). The mung bean noodles, spicy wontons, toothpick lamb, and eggplant dishes are the highlights.

828 W Valley Blvd
Alhambra, CA 91803

18. Sichuan Impression

1900 W Valley Blvd, Alhambra, CA 91803
Cold special noodles and steamed chicken with chili sauce at Sichuan Impression
Special noodles and cold steamed chicken from Sichuan Impression.
Matthew Kang

One of the two main Sichuan restaurant powerhouses in SGV, Sichuan Impression has a way of serving polished, almost elegant regional dishes with enough spice to draw a decent of sweat on the brow. Start with the cold house special noodles.

1900 W Valley Blvd
Alhambra, CA 91803

19. Babita Mexicuisine

1823 S San Gabriel Blvd, San Gabriel, CA 91776

A true throwback Mexican restaurant with white tablecloths, classic Mexican fare, and a grown up ambience, Babita is a real gem in San Gabriel Valley. A place to experience upscale Mexican food with good wine and stellar service.

1823 S San Gabriel Blvd
San Gabriel, CA 91776

20. Huge Tree Pastry

423 N Atlantic Blvd, Monterey Park, CA 91754
Pan fried radish cake at Huge Tree Pastry.
Pan fried radish cake at Huge Tree Pastry.
Cathy Chaplin

One of Southern California’s gifts is an abundance of Taiwanese breakfast spots. Operating since 2010, Huge Tree Pastry’s pan-fried omelette, hot soy milk, and crullers are only a small sample of what this diner excels at. If the plant-based crowd wants to make the trek, opt for the vegetarian fan tuan. —Mona Holmes

423 N Atlantic Blvd
Monterey Park, CA 91754

21. Elite Restaurant

700 S Atlantic Blvd, Monterey Park, CA 91754
Array of small dim sum plates with shrimp har gow, shu mai dumplings, pork buns, and more on a white tablecloth.
Dim Sum from Elite.
Matthew Kang

This dim sum powerhouse is packed most days serving fantastic versions of the daytime fare, like har gow, barbecue pork buns, and shiu mai. The prices are going to be a notch higher than other dim sum houses, but the quality is also better. For dinner, expect a more traditional Cantonese seafood-style banquet experience.

700 S Atlantic Blvd
Monterey Park, CA 91754

22. Delicious Food Corner

2325 S Garfield Ave, Monterey Park, CA 91754
Delicious Food Corner dishes overhead.
Congee and more from Delicious Food Corner.
Cathy Chaplin

This bustling Hong Kong-style cafe in Monterey Park has a huge menu of every day Cantonese fare, from congee and rice rolls by day to more shareable noodle dishes and stir-frys in the evening. Bring a crew and order a ton of dishes.

2325 S Garfield Ave
Monterey Park, CA 91754

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