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Buck-A-Plate In Chinatown--Best Food Value In Town

Chandavkl | Mar 26, 200203:20 PM

For those of you familiar with the central Los Angeles area, there are a number of 99 cent or $1 per item Chinese fast food joints. These places are aimed at lower to middle income residents and the quality may vary from poor to above average. Meanwhile, one generally finds good and economical food in most of the large Chinatowns in the U.S., since Chinese residents of Chinatown tend to be of lesser economic means, but still are rather discriminating as to what they will eat. In this context, finding a place like 11 BBQ Dim Sum at 711 1/2 New High in Chinatown, is not surprising. At $1 for most items, but a quantity of food perhaps 50 percent larger than the 99 cent a dish places outside of Chinatown, and very good quality, you can fill yourself up very nicely for a ridiculous price. At lunchtime, two items (which comes to $2.17 including tax) was more than I could eat. The number of items on their steamtray is at least equal to the typical Chinese fast food restaurant, but the food is geared for Chinese tastes. (Most of the clientele are Chinese senior citizens on fixed incomes.) There are a couple of other similar places in Chinatown. One which comes to mind is #A BBQ Dimsum, on Broadway just north of Chavez.

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