Many of you know I prefer not to eat in Chinatown, nor, in the US, at any Chinese restaurant that has been open more than 20 years. (If you didn't know, see below.) Phoenix Inn in Chinatown has been open for 45 years, so fails on both counts. Consequently, while their SGV outlets are good, I haven't bothered with the Chinatown branch since 1980, at a time where there might have been a dozen good Chinese restaurants in the entire SGV. However going back there tonight I was surprised to find how good it is now. A couple of dishes, the tangerine fish and the Westlake beef soup were top notch. Clearly the best meal I've had in L.A. Chinatown in a long time. And the kicker is that all the diners were Asians, and specifically young Asians. The only places in L.A. Chinatown with similar demographics are the boba parlors. Phoenix Inn is on the corner of Ord and New High St.