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Pine & Crane

1521 Griffith Park Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
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Photo: Daniela Galarza


  • Mon, Wed-Sun noon - 10 p.m.
We have chef and owner Vivian Ku to thank for Silver Lake Taiwanese restaurant Pine & Crane. On the menu there's sanbeiji (three-cup chicken), twice-cooked pork (tender, salty), beef noodle soup (with springy noodles), potstickers, minced pork, and a crisp and doughy scallion pancake. While Pine & Crane's dan dan noodles are delectable, they won't taste like many of the standout versions available in the San Gabriel Valley because the Taiwanese version is milder, with more peanuts, more sesame, less spice and less sauce. Still, a splash of house-made chili oil will have you coming back for more.

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