The Chinese Cuisine Festival: A Bite of Los Angeles, which runs 10 days from March 7 through March 16, finally gives the San Gabriel Valley its own version of restaurant week. Organized by Chinese student marketing platform, ICON Union, the festival brings together 13 restaurants across the SGV featuring a diverse range of regional Chinese cuisines.
For the festival, the 13 participating restaurants will serve up specials, value combos and secret menu items. Some will offer smaller portions to allow diners to sample more dishes while others will have prix fixe meals. Chengdu-style, Hunan-style and Beijing-style are among the regional cuisines represented and items such as hot pots, dry pots, roast duck and appetizers are among a wide assortment of available featured dishes.
There's plenty to be excited about for SGV regulars as well as those who have never visited. Westsiders, we know how some of you feel about crossing the 405 (let alone the 110) and the prospects of spending even more time in a car, but the festival marks a terrific opportunity to venture forth and experience a great sampling of regional Chinese cuisines. Who knows, you might also experience more interesting weather while waiting in Chengdu Taste's notoriously and justifiably long line.
Here's the rundown of participating restaurants:
Beijing Restaurant, San Gabriel.
Beijing Tasty House, Rosemead.
Chengdu Taste, Alhambra.
Dong Ting Chun, San Gabriel.
Duck House, Monterey Park.
Haige Star, Rowland Heights.
Hong Yei Restaurant, San Gabriel.
Hunan Style Restaurant (a.k.a. Hunan's Restaurant), San Gabriel.
Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot, San Gabriel.
Spicy City, San Gabriel.
Three Travellers Bone Hot Pot, Monterey Park.
Wok BBQ, Monterey Park.
Zheng's Fusion, Rowland Heights.