Restaurants & Bars 6

Downtown Dim Sum

Tanya Conrad | Oct 7, 2003 05:35 PM

I've searched the web and found this message board. The most suggested here is Empress Pavillion. I am looking for the best and most Festive and special Dim Sum downtown (because it is centrally located from Pasadena to Santa Monica)for a large group of people. Here is a list I found from a Downtown Guide:

Where to Get Sum

Gourmet Carousel

Served: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: 911 N. Broadway

Call: (213) 617-9313

This is the best bargain lunch we found. During the week, items in their columns A, B and C are only $1.50.

ABC Seafood

Served: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: 205 Ord St.

Call: (213) 680-2887

This eatery offers free parking in the back. The fried bean curd roll looks like a giant eggroll, but it's light and yummy. They also offer a particularly delicious steamed bao (bun) with mushrooms, chicken and cilantro.

CBS Seafood Restaurant

Served: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: 700 N. Spring St.

Call: (213) 617-2323

Most items are $1.70 per plate, but definitely splurge on their big-ticket item: the deep fried crab crowle (aka claw) with shrimp is $9. Free parking is behind the restaurant, adjacent to Philippe's.

Ocean Seafood Restaurant

Served: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: 750 N. Hill St. (upstairs)

Call: (213) 687-3088

Ocean has really nice server outfits, and they offer more vegetarian options than most. Their items start at $1.90 per plate. Order the special Peking duck-style chicken, but skip the Chinese donut. Parking is validated.

Empress Pavilion

Served: weekdays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; weekends 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: 988 N. Hill St. (second floor)

Call: (213) 617-9898

This is the largest and most popular dim sum restaurant in Chinatown. The chicken and sausage on rice always sells out, so order one fast. Validated parking is in Bamboo Plaza (enter from the north between Hill and Broadway).

Hong Kong Low Deli

Served: to-go only

Where: 408 Bamboo Lane

Call: (213) 680-9827

Hong Kong Low is our unofficial symbol of Chinatown. Time-travel back to Jake's Old Chinatown by ducking into the alley next to the Phoenix Bakery. Items are in the bakery cases, and you can point and walk away with a lot for a little. Keep them in mind for the next office potluck.

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