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I have been to Monterey Park and Chinatown many times for the Taiwanese delicacies and noodles. However I have two friends from out of town who are also Chinese and are looking for the less beaten path, something they have not had much before. From my gathering they have had mostly Cantonese and mostly dim sum.
Coming along are two more friends whose experience are less extensive, and whom I would not want to scare off (though I love them, intestine and blood would probably not go over well with them).
Any suggestions for off-the-beaten-path, but still authentic, grandly presented and not too far off-road? Hunan, Szechwan?