If you don't mind driving a little, Golden Chicken Inn in Oxnard has been in business since 1929. From what I can tell it's still in its original location in old downtown Oxnard, which I believe was the site of Oxnard's small historic Chinatown. The building itself is out of the 1920s or earlier. You walk in the door and look up at a steep, wide staircase. Getting to the top you see a dining room which seems to have been last remodeled in the 1950s, with a number of small individual semi-private rooms. Certainly, ambiance wise, it looks the part of an old time Chinese restaurant. The menu is also old time Cantonese--chow mein with the crisp noodles, many varieties of chop suey (can you even get chop suey in L.A. these days?), Chinese spare ribs, moo goo gai pan, almond chicken (no duck though), fried shrimp, egg foo young, egg rolls etc. Actually, this is an old style Chinese and American restaurant, with steak, fried chicken and french fries on the menu too. The only thing breaking the ambiance is a few non-Cantonese items on the menu such as various kung pao dishes, orange chicken and spicy chicken. A must visit if only for trip through the time warp. Golden Chicken Inn is at 701 S. Oxnard Blvd.
Golden Chicken Inn
701 S Oxnard Blvd, Oxnard, CA 93030