My wife and I just returned from a week in L.A. At a friend's suggestion, we had lunch at Joan's on Third. I had what I have to say was the best Chinese chicken salad I've ever had (in my admittedly limited experience w/Chinese chicken salad). We were starving; it hit the spot. A great find for us.
Unfortunately, the cookbook store across the street was closed for the holidays, but we'll try it again on the next trip.