Blasphemy to go to a city with great authentic chinese looking for the americanized stuff? Probably. Still, I am from WA state and have been in San Diego for 4 years and have not found any good americanized chinese food since, and shamefully I need a fix. I consider it a completely different food genre than authentic, San Diego has many very good authentic places. I hope LA chowhounds can help! I will be all over the city, from SB to Pico Union, downtown and Beverly Hills areas, and would prefer to do lunch over a dinner.
Additionally, we're looking for some solid down to earth food places as well. Not fine dining (we're not fancy), or LA chic/trendy (BF picky as heck). So far we're looking at Roscoes, Phillipe, and Langers for this category but are interested in other like-minded ideas.
All suggestions appreciated. Thanks!