Exploring LA’s Chinatown

The Minty’s Guide to LA’s Chinatown

LA’s Chinatown is one of the largest and oldest Chinatowns in the United States. It’s had a colorful past and although there’s been some migration to the East (namely San Gabriel Valley), there’s a plethora of restaurants in the area. Not all are Chinese. Find a mixture of Chinese, Vietnamese, Latin and even American BBQ in Chinatown. The Minty has set the task to explore and re-discover old favorites as well as find new gems.

ABC Seafood

Amboy – CLOSED

Apotheke (bar)

CBS Seafood


Empress Pavilion 

Foo Chow

Fortune Gourmet Kitchen

Full House

General Lee’s (bar)

Golden City

Hotville Chicken – CLOSED

Hop Woo

Hop Woo – May ’11

J&K Hong Kong Cuisine

Kim Chuy


Little Jewel of New Orleans

Lao Tao

Lobsta Shack – CLOSED

Long’s Family Pastry


Mandarin Chateau

Master Chef

Michael J’s Pizzeria & Catering (formerly 643 North) – CLOSED

New Dragon

Ocean Seafood


Phoenix Inn

Plum Tree Inn

Pok Pok – CLOSED

Pok Pok Phat Thai – CLOSED


Ramenchamp – October 2015 (new owners)

Ramenchamp – February 2015

Starry Kitchen at Grand Star

Qin West

Yum Cha Cafe

Special Interest: Banh Mi Crawl in Chinatown – May 2011