Long-time lurker, first-time poster. I've discovered all manner of culinary delights via this board, ranging from Guelaguetza to Renu Nakorn, since moving to L.A. a few years ago. But for some reason, I've always felt intimidated at the prospect of visiting the highly-touted Chinese restaurants in the SGV / Monterey Park region.
This is partially due to the fact that there are so many - seems a new review pops up here everyday - and I'm completely unfamiliar with that area.
Also, and hopefully this doesn't offend anyone, I'm a white-as-white-can-be male in my early 20's. I love trying ethnic restaurants, and I'll give practically any dish a whirl, but sometimes it can be an awkward experience in places that cater almost exclusively to an older, non-English speaking demographic (have experienced this once or twice in Little Saigon).
So I was thinking of venturing out for some authentic Chinese this weekend, but wanted to make sure that I chose wisely from the vast array of choices. The region of the food doesn't matter to me, as long as it's exceptional. Also, places that are Western-friendly (mainly just in terms of service; translated menus are nice too) would be preferred.
Okay, hopefully I don't come across as terribly xenophobic (take into account that I come from Ohio, so it's all about baby steps). Thanks in advance for your help!