Map of the Day: Chinatown Dim Sum Walk


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There are plenty of dim sum places in Chinatown serving on weekdays even though many diners have moved over to Monterey Park. Empress Pavilion and Ocean Seafood make you feel kind of glamorous, sitting in grand surroundings while little carts of steaming treats are wheeled to your table. Some people also go for ABC Seafood or Golden Dragon, but they are not my top picks.

One of the best ways to enjoy dim sum is on the move. It is ideal street food. Walking around shopping for paper lanterns, Snap Pops and Chinese herbs as you wander from one dim sum deli to the next makes for a perfect late morning or early afternoon. You can even work off some of that pork and sugar. This map is not all-inclusive; it is my own personal jaunt. Feel free to chime in with your own favorites.

I park at Ocean Seafood. The lot is $4, and I like to end my journey here to grab take-out at the end of the line. It is best to approach from the back on Broadway as the narrow front alley is usually blocked by delivery trucks. Park the car (or take the Gold Line to the bitchin-ass Chinatown stop) and come along on a photo journey with us!