I was a frequent diner of ABC Seafood in their heyday of the late 80's and early 90's, and recently saw the last ownership group run the business into the ground. Luckily for Chinatown, ABC Seafood is back under new ownership. Everything is brand new and completely remodeled. When I was told they had re-opened, I had to check it out. It was nice to see them at near capacity at 11:30am on a Thursday afternoon. By noon, there was a short wait.
Unfortunately, they do not serve dim sum during lunch, but I'm told that may change in the future. They offer $5.25, $6.25 and $7.25 lunch specials from 11am - 5pm and again from 9pm - closing.
The wait staff is friendly, attentive and not shy about making recommendations. I hadn't had live shrimp in a while and was happy to see it was available. Pricey at $18 per pound, but mouth watering and well worth it. Their roast pork is ridiculously delicious, tender and juicy, and the skin is perfectly crisp. Steamed chicken with ham and chinese broccoli was recommended; it was good, but not great. The water cress prepared in garlic sauce was tasty, as was the deep fried sole with soy sauce and green onion.
NOTE: There is a 10% off coupon in the Asian newspaper they have on the rack just outside the door.
ABC Seafood Restaurant
708 New High St, Los Angeles, CA 90012