Elite Restaurant

700 S. Atlantic Blvd.
Monterey Park, CA 91754
626-282-9998
Elite Restaurant +

Anne Fishbein Chicken feet

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  • Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. & 5-10 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 9 a.m.-3 p.m. & 5-10 p.m.
  • $$, $$$
  • Lunch, Dinner
  • Beer/Wine
  • Family Style, Private Party, Takeout
  • Parking Lot Available, Street Parking
  • Reservations Accepted
In the increasingly competitive San Gabriel Valley scene, the reputations of top-tier dim sum houses can shuffle as quickly as NBA power rankings. But like the perennial team that seems to never miss the playoffs, Elite has managed to remain in the forefront. At this unassuming banquet hall on Atlantic Boulevard in Monterey Park, you’ll find no old-school carts but sharp service and an illustrated menu that will relieve some of the stress accumulated by hourlong waits on the weekends. Few establishments can top Elite’s buttery, flaky Hong Kong egg tarts or its golf ball–sized shu mai dumplings crowned with bright orange fish roe. And few culinary joys can match that feeling when your table is blanketed in metal steamer tins and you’re passing around niblets of spare rib in black bean sauce, crispy turnip cakes and soft cream buns that ooze yolk-colored decadence. Utter dominance can’t last forever — just look at the Lakers — but we’ll gladly ride Elite’s grand wave while we can. —Garrett Snyder

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