Benjamin Reed / Los Angeles Times
ABC Seafood There are few experiences as wild, chaotic and hypnotic as entering one of Chinatown's huge, busy dim sum dining rooms. My favorite: ABC Seafood. At ABC, mirrors, tablecloths and polished brass add that veneer of elegance, but this is truly a great value. I've fed five people for lunch, with lavish spreads of crab, shrimp and lobster, for less than $50. My Cantonese is a little rusty, so I don't know the names of half the items I order. But that's the beauty of dim sum, where the food comes in little appetizer-sized portions, served from metal carts that work the aisles like bumper cars. You can sample something, then wave on the waiters to bring more and more. Getting there: ABC Seafood is in the heart of L.A.'s Chinatown, a block from the famous Philippe's. Metered parking is usually available on the street or use the free parking lot in back. 205 Ord St.; (213) 680-2887) -- Chris Erskine Pictured: Visitors stroll through one of the main squares in L.A.s Chinatown.
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