If you’re looking for a big group spot in Monterey Park where everybody will walk away happy, head to Alice’s Kitchen. This crowded Hong Kong-style cafe has a big front patio, long communal tables inside, and a menu with well over 100 different dishes on it. You could eat here every day for two months and not try everything, so for first-timers, we recommend sticking to the congee, hot pot, and fried noodle sections - and always get a few plates of pineapple buns for the table. Cash only.
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Huge Tree Pastry
You don’t have to wait for dim sum to get a great breakfast in SGV. Case in point: Huge Tree Pastry in Monterey Park.
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Din Tai Fung
We wouldn’t want to live at the Americana Glendale, but we’ll gladly stop in for some excellent soup dumplings at Din Tai Fung.
Tasty Zone is a Sichuan restaurant in San Gabriel with deep-fried shrimp skewers you’ll be thinking about for a while.
Newport Seafood is an upscale SGV classic where you should be ordering the whole lobster.
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Lao Xi Noodle House
Lao Xi Noodle House is a low-key Chinese spot in Arcadia that serves some of our favorite noodles in SGV.
Hai Di Lao Hot Pot
Hai Di Lao is an upscale hot pot restaurant in Arcadia that’s ideal for a fun group outing.
Din Tai Fung Dumpling House #1
Din Tai Fung’s Arcadia location is just as popular as all the others - but you can get better dumplings (with a shorter wait) nearby.
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