i took some of my chinese american friends to mei long village. all of them grew up in SGV, but none of them have been to mei long, much less heard of it. they found the food to be overpriced and inferior to some of their other favorite places (none of which are really discussed on this board).
i, on the other hand, was quite pleased with the food. we ordered a good variety of dishes for 8 people, including XLB. there were a lot of non-chinese diners while we were there (sunday afternoon). i lived in china for a year and i must admit that i find san gabriel chinese food to be leagues better than most of what i had in china!
i'll have to get a list of my friends' favorite places and report back. :) when i was trying to give them directions to the restaurant, i said, "it's on valley, between new and del mar", and they just laughed at me. hehe. yeah, that area is seriously saturated with restaurants!