Mao's Kitchen
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Address: 1512 Pacific Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90291
Neighborhood: Marina del Rey / Westchester West
Specifics: Chinese
Phone: 310-581-8305
Cost: $$
Website: www.maoskitchen.com/
Credit Cards: Yes
Closing Time: 11 pm
Restaurants BYOB Chinese.

    
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Posted by:  Jake Williamson

I generally don't drink with Chinese food. The rich, oily flavors of country-style Chinese cuisine and my tendency to gorge just don't seem to mix with alcohol. But because Mao's Kitchen is BYOB (why is it so hard to avoid establishments with such a feature?), goddamn it, I do both and end up with the rare food/alcohol double hangover. Shitty day after aside, the original Mao's Kitchen in Venice (there is also a Hollywood location) is some of the best Chinese food in LA outside of Chinatown and it is not hard to figure out why: no canned products, no MSG, communist propaganda on the walls brainwashing the proletariat, and a kitchen that will go out of its way to alter dishes to the patron’s desire. Yeah, that last one is a bit too LA for me, but man, ask them to fry your Kung Pao Chicken and you will be enlightened to the power and glory of the special order. Be prepared, it will be busy if you take out or dine in. After all, you have a bunch of jerks bringing their own alcohol and backing up the kitchen with special orders. Unclasp your chains and don't be left out.

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