I come down to the Claremont area once or twice a year to visit inlaws and always spend a couple days in the SGV eating. Coming so infrequently makes it hard to keep a pulse on what is new, interesting, closed or slipped in quality.
Mainly i focus on Chinese (wide i know) - but noodles, dumplings and dim sum. Not Sichuan (as my partner can't do super spicy) but anything else is good. I have relied on posts in the pasts and had great experiences.
My favorite recent-ish meals included:
Noodle House (in old location - i saw on the board that it moved) LOVED this
Mei Long great XLB
some other dumpling house that is in same strip as Mei Long i think also good XLB
For dimsum we've always gone to a place by in-laws like - might be 888 - in a mall right next to a large Vietnamese place on the corner (has cart service) - very good but not in the top league i think
So where should i try this time? It's hard not to go back to Noodle House. I've seen Elite and Sea Harbor are listed as "best" dim sum - any cart service that is in a top tier?
I've seen Kam Hong Garden and Giang Nan listed recently - of course they look great as well but hard to decide.
I can hit a few places if they are close proximity to one another so if you have a "crawl" in mind let me know. Or stand alone places are fine too.
Also i had heard in the past about Babita's. Is that still good - worth a trip? Also Wahib's gets good press but again - we are in Claremont so anything is a drive.
Feel free to refer me to threads - you get so much under a SGV search.
Thank you thank you thank you. Plus it's my birthday this time while i visit so i reserve the right to try three places on one trip. I will wear the stretchy pants.
ps We always go to Fosselmans for something sweet after dim sum. If you have a different or interesting sweet option let me know. I also love real brewed tea bubble tea but always end up at lollicups because i know where they are.