While I have actually have been known to drive a few hours when I get a hankerin' for a special meal, I'm looking for local go-to places when driving more than 30 minutes is not an option (either because I'm starving or because I'd like to finish dinner before I start eating breakfast).
I searched the boards and most food posts lately on Asian food are about soup dumplings, dim sum, sushi, noodle houses, and Korean food... or, the recommendations are "go to Chinatown, Arcadia or Monterey Park."
I live in the city of Torrance.
I'm looking for suggestions for American-style Chinese food restaurants in the South Bay. I'm at a loss of where to go. If i wanted pickled eel whiskers with black mushrooms in an XO sauce, I already have my go-to restaurant for that dish (that was a joke). I'd like your picks for Mandarin and Szechuan style cuisine. I'm not a huge Cantonese fan. Sometimes, I just feel like Kung Pao Chicken, mongolian/szechuan beef, pork fried rice, and/or a chow mein dish.
Please do not recommend the P.F. Chang - Panda Express type restaurants.
On the same note... it seems like Thai restaurants,of which there are many in the South Bay, particularly off of PCH, is no longer a trendy cuisine and it hasn't been discussed recently. I've been to a few Thai restaurants in the South Bay and I've been unimpressed. My usual issue is that the restaurant looks dirty, or they skimp on the protein or it's just not spicy enough.
Would love to hear what places you frequent the most.
This is another cuisine that there is seemingly an endless number of restaurants in the South Bay, and, well, I've been unlucky in picking out a place I'd want to frequent on a regular basis. Addi's Tandoori was maybe the closest I've found to tasty eats, but it's pricier than most and with the economy in the tank, I'd like to be able to eat out frequently and still pay the mortgage. My least favorite indian meal in recent memory was Red Fort (In one line, "The Dead Sea called, and it wanted it's salt back.")