Down in Chinatown's East China Plaza, Lao Tao brings modern Taiwanese street food to the lunch crowd masses. The order-at-the-counter spot is affordable, quick, and just the right amount of gluttony to leave you feeling satisfied but still able to get work done afterwards. The move is the beef ban mian (flat noodles in a bone marrow broth) and the best godd*mn popcorn chicken we’ve had in LA.
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They’re putting out some pretty stellar modern Filipino food at Lasa in Chinatown, in an atmosphere that makes you feel at home.
Philippe The Original
Chinatown deli Philippe The Original carries much culinary (and cultural) significance. It’s still very much worth the trip.
For great, interesting wine, and excellent classic French food, Oriel in Chinatown is the place to be.
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Majordomo in Chinatown is one of the rare LA restaurants you’ll walk out of genuinely surprised.
Kato is a casual Japanese/Taiwanese tasting menu spot in West LA for people who don’t like tasting menus.
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