Not being so fortunate foodwise as to be living in or near the San Gabriel Valley, we often have to settle for dining in Los Angeles Chinatown for our Chinese food fix. While there's totally no comparison to the San Gabriel Valley, at least with our Cantonese taste buds Chinatown can be a decent substitute for an occasional meal. Well at least that how it's been until now. However all of a sudden it seems like our Chinatown choices just got a lot slimmer.
We actually had a reasonable rotation of Los Angeles Chinatown choices including Phoenix Inn, the original branch of the San Gabriel Valley chain, and probably the only San Gabriel Valley quality Cantonese restaurant in Chinatown, Hong Kong BBQ (formerly known as Sam Woo BBQ), Full Moon House, J & K Hong Kong, Fortune Gourmet Kitchen and Master Chef. But then Master Chef closed down as did J & K Hong Kong. The food at Phoenix Inn seemed to fall off a cliff (or at least maybe they got a new chef), and on top of that they started charging $1.60 for a single bowl of white rice. Meanwhile Hong Kong BBQ has gone downhill, while increasing their prices, and Full Moon House has likewise gone downhill. That leaves Fortune Gourmet Kitchen, and well, uh, that's probably it.
Out of desperation we went back to ABC Seafood for the first time in about seven years but that wasn't the solution. Relatively recent visits to CBS Seafood, Ocean Seafood and Golden Dragon were not the answer. Maybe East Garden, but they were closed for a disco party when we tried to eat there earlier this month. So while we may still eat in Chinatown for a bowl of pho or something like that, an occasional visit to Fortune Gourmet Kitchen may be our only option.