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Chung King: 99 Essential Restaurants 2013

Chung King: 99 Essential Restaurants 2013

PHOTO BY ANNE FISHBEIN

There are many Sichuan restaurants in the San Gabriel Valley where you can get stellar iterations of mapo doufu, or leeks with bacon or water-boiled fish, but there's one place that we drive to seemingly without thinking, where we've been known to eat three times a week during flu season, where the booths feel about as familiar as the living room sofa we left to get there. Chung King (beige pillbox, square orange signage) may look more like a laundromat than like one of the best Sichuan restaurants in America. But once inside, that bowl of fish in fire engine–red sauce, laced with a pleasantly Novocaine-like amount of Sichuan peppercorns and dried red chiles, might ensure that you spend almost as much time here as you do washing your clothes. 1000 S. San Gabriel Blvd., San Gabriel; (626) 286-0298. Daily, 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Entrees $7.99-$16.99. Beer only.

 

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The 99 Essential Restaurants List:

A-Frame
Alma
Angelini Osteria
Animal
Attari Sandwich Shop
Bäco Mercat
Bar Amá
The Bazaar
Bestia
BierBeisl
Bludso's
Cacao Mexicatessen
Canelé
La Casita Mexicana
Cemitas Poblanas Elviritas
Chichen Itza
Chung King
Cole's
Coni'Seafood
Cube Cafe & Marketplace
Din Tai Fung
Eva
Father's Office
Fred 62
Gjelina
Golden Deli
Go's Mart
Il Grano
Guelaguetza
Guisados
Hatfield's
Ha Tien Quan
Hawkins House of Burgers
Hayat's Kitchen
El Huarache Azteca
Huckleberry
The Hungry Cat
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Jar
Jitlada
JTYH Heavy Noodle II
Kang Ho Dong Baekjong
Kiriko
Kiyokawa
Kogi Truck
Krua Siri
L&E Oyster Bar
Langer's
Little Dom's
Lucques
Ludo Truck
Lukshon
Mariscos Jalisco
Matsuhisa
Meals by Genet
Mélisse
Milo and Olive
Mo-Chica
Musso & Frank
Nem Nuong Ninh Hoa
Nickel Diner
Night + Market
Oinkster
Osteria Mozza
Pann's
Pa-Ord Noodle
El Parian
Park's BBQ
Philippe the Original
Picca
Pink's
Pizzeria Mozza
Playa
Pollo a la Brasa
Providence
R&R Soul Food
Ración
Red Medicine
Ricky's Fish Tacos
Rivera
Rocio's Moles de los Dioses
Salt's Cure
Sapp Coffee Shop
Savoy Kitchen
Sea Harbour
Shanghai No. 1 Village Seafood
Soban
Son of a Gun
Sotto
Spago
The Spice Table
Superba Snack Bar
Tacos Leo
The Tasting Kitchen
Tavern
Tsujita LA
Vincenti Ristorante
Wurstküche
Zam Zam Market

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1000 S. San Gabriel Blvd.
San Gabriel, CA 91776

626-286-0298