If you haven't seen it, there was a fine article in last week's LA Times (link below) on the local din sun scene, which they declare to be the best outside of Hong Kong. It's really got me drooling like Pavlov's dogs. When i first moved to L.A. years ago, I moved in with some Chinese guys who really opened my eyes to Chinese cuisine. One thing I really enjoyed was our occasional Sunday morning trips to have dim sum in Chinatown. I'm really hankering to go again, but for several years now I've put it off due to a slightly embarrassing problem. My Chinese friends have moved on, and I just don't know anybody who wants to get up early on a Sunday morning and go down to Chi-town and eat dim sum. I would really like to try the Empress, but I'm a little scared. Dining alone doesn't necessarily bother me itself, but as any solo diner can tell you, sometimes a restaurant's staff and other patrons can make you feel uncomfortable and self-constious. Could any fans of the Empress tell me how they think it'd be to eat solo? Are there any singles you see there when you go? I have an idea that I might take a shopping bag with me that has a Tupperware container in it. As I get served the dishes 3 at a time, I'm thinking I can put my 1 or 2 "extras" in the bowl for take-home doggy bag. Does that souun do-able, or rediculous? I know the Empress has a take-out store, but you don't get nearly the selection, and i'd like a nice sit-down experience. Do they only do the carts, where you point and grunt at what you want going by, or do they have a menu option? Are they relatively English-friendly? TIA!