We understand that some of you might want to go out on Valentine’s Day, in order to really express your feelings for your beloved or your homies or your lapdog or whoever your Valentine is this year. But we beseech you, don’t go to a restaurant where reservations are required or only a prix fixe menu is available that night. The restaurant owners at those establishments will love you for paying the inflated prices, but the servers and cooks are sneering at you — they know they’re putting out substandard food. Instead, go somewhere entirely non-romantic. It’s cheaper, more delicious, and low-pressure. Here are our top picks for Valentine’s Day!
J & J
This San Gabriel Valley hole-in-the-wall has the best commercially available xiao long bao in the county, and I won’t hear different. Their pan-fried dumplings are delectable too — well, just about everything on the menu is. The bright lights and the inelegant way you’re bound to eat the xlb and Shanghai noodles are sure to make for an entirely unsexy, but very delicious, night. (Sometimes they’re cash only, so come prepared.)
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