Pasadena’s surrounding San Gabriel Valley has become renowned for its Asian cuisine, with write-ups about the dumpling houses, noodle shops and Far East chains making regular appearances in L.A.’s most famous papers, blogs and columns. While a day trip to a local noodle house is great, there are also a few places to get some delicious Chinese food right here in town. With Chinese New Year on February 8, celebrate with some of the best Chinese food options in Pasadena—good at any time of the year.
ShanDong Dumplings has only been open for a few weeks but the spot is already becoming a local favorite. Watch experts make your dumplings before they are served hot and fresh in record time. More than just dumplings, the super extensive menu warrants going with a crowd so that you can try everything from dumplings to soups to pork buns. Or plan on hitting the spot up more than once—especially during lunch hour, when they offer specials on already reasonable prices.
ShanDong Dumplings 87 N Fair Oaks Ave Pasadena, CA 91103 (626) 308-3777
Lunasia Dim Sum House
Lunasia Dim Sum House is the new Pasadena spot from the restaurant that has been a favorite in nearby Alhambra. A mix of traditional dim sum small plates and more modern spins on Chinese cuisine, Lunasia Dim Sum House makes dim sum available every day of the week, for both lunch and dinner, rather than just a weekend brunch special.
Lunasia Dim Sum House 239 E Colorado Blvd Pasadena, CA 91101 (626) 793-8822
Green Zone serves up all the taste and flavor of Chinese cuisine, but with an organic twist. The restaurant specializes in using organic, healthy ingredients to create a variety of Asian dishes and has recently opened in Pasadena, after establishing a favorite spot in SGV.
Green Zone 34 S Raymond Ave Pasadena, CA 91105 (626) 535-9700
Grandview Palace may not have the reputation of some of the SGV restaurant transplants, but it has been a Pasadena institution for 15 years. A more typical Chinese American menu than some of the other options around town, Grandview Palace is a favorite thanks to generous portion sizes and reasonable prices.
Grandview Palace 60 N. Raymond Ave Pasadena, CA 91103 (626) 577-2888