970 N. Broadway #112, Chinatown
By day, this Chinese tea house and restaurant in Mandarin Plaza serves excellent noodles and small bites along cups of oolong. By night, people flock here for tea cocktails, which are a little unexpected—you might order a drink with pu-erh, tequila, chili pepper, and lime, for example—and always fabulous.
727 N. Broadway #127, Chinatown
Endorffeine’s owner, Jack Benchakul, is a former biochemist turned pastry chef turned barista, and he personally brews every single cup of the phenomenal coffee served here. He hosts ticketed desserts-and-drinks tasting menu experiences, too.
Far East Plaza, 727 N. Broadway, Chinatown
Eddie Huang, star of the Viceland show Huang’s World, just opened his second location of Baohaus (the original is in NYC’s East Village) in the old Pok Pok Phat Thai spot in Chinatown’s Far East Plaza. The menu is a bit more streamlined than its New York counterpart, featuring a selection of steamed buns, taro fries, and sweet bao fries. What sets Baohaus apart from the Taiwanese steamed bun crowd is Huang’s unique flavor combos and the fact that all of the meats are antibiotic and hormone-free, which makes them that much easier to enjoy. Standouts include the Birdhaus bao—a steamed bun filled with tender fried chicken and citrus aioli, and the classic taro fries, which are just perfect and a great break from all of the complex flavors on the menu. Still in their soft opening phase, Baohaus is open from 11am to 4pm, but look for extended hours coming soon.
1001 N. Alameda St., Chinatown
Another stellar French Dip joint that swears theirs started it all, Philippe’s has been around since the ‘50s, and therefore, might just have the original “original” on the menu. There are actually five dips on offer, the beef being the obvious fan favorite. That said, we like the turkey as it’s lighter but just as flavorful.
The Little Jewel of New Orleans
207 Ord St., Chinatown
It’s pretty typical of L.A.'s fusion culture that the best po'boys in the city come from a tiny deli in the heart of Old Chinatown, complete with black-and-white linoleum floors and an old-school green striped awning.