L A Kitchen combines the best of Chinese steam table and buffet dining by having their patrons line up and fill their own trays at $3.79 per pound. You might wonder why this is Chow worthy and there are several reasons. First of all L A Kitchen is probably the next closest restaurant to Langers, just north on the other side of 7th St. I've never seen this particular kind of arrangement before, so perhaps it might be the start of a new trend. Also, they have self-serve frozen yogurt for just 39 cents an ounce. And finally, the steamed fish fillet which cost me about $1.75 was better than the same dish I paid $11 for at an unnamed restaurant on Ventura Blvd. in the SFV. L A Kitchen is at 696 S. Alvarado, across from McArthur Park.