CNNGo Publishes First Ever Worthy National-Media List of Chinese Restaurants

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Dave Lieberman
Whenever I read a best-of list in the national media, I wince internally. They're usually either cobbled together by looking at the Internet and seeing which ones are mentioned most often--which results in a kind of small-scale Zagat guide, prone to the hype machine--or they're put together by people who have not visited very many cities in the United States, which makes the comments section explode with people pissed off that their favorite little place in Minneapolis or Memphis didn't make it.

This is why I was surprised when I read CNNGo's list of the fifty best Chinese restaurants in the United States, which covered a lot of ground and a lot of different genres of Chinese cooking. The list is devoid of places dishing up cornstarchy stir-fries with annoying, inaccurate names; it's heavy on Sichuanese fare, but that's because in many cities, the only Chinese cuisine recognizable to Chinese customers is often Sichuanese.

The Los Angeles area has more recommendations than any other city, which makes me wonder how long Clarissa Wei, the New York-based author, has been lurking in the San Gabriel Valley. It runs the gamut from Beijing to Shanghai to Taiwan, reflecting the diversity along the 10 and 60 freeways. I am surprised that there aren't more places along the #7 train in Queens, but I haven't been out there in enough time that it could have turned into LA Chinatown.

Brava, Clarissa!

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Clarissa Wei
Clarissa Wei

Thanks for the kudos! I'm actually from the SGV and a Village Voice (LA Weekly) alum. 


Dave Lieberman
Dave Lieberman

AHA! See, my amazing detective skills work once again.

Now I really want 五更肠旺... or maybe 火爆腰花 since there are so many Sichuanese places on the list.


That explains the inclusion of Savoy in Alhambra.  :)

But Clarissa, let me explain it for you, now that you're in NY, the best Hainan Chicken Rice on the continent can be found in Flushing at a place now apparently known as Malay Restaurant [name has changed at least twice over the past 20 years].  Trust me on this one.  Other options on the menu are equally impressive. 

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