My mother will be visiting in a couple of weeks and I want to take her out to dinner for her birthday. She says she craves good Chinese food (she just moved from New York City to a small town) so I thought I'd show her what LA has to offer. Where can we get truly excellent Chinese food in a not-too-divey atmosphere? I live just off the 2 (la canada) so we're in easy reach of downtown. SG Valley is also reasonably close.