Elite Restaurant: Dim Sum College Reunion

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This week we met Ben Mandelker and Leah Bojnowski at Elite Restaurant in Monterey Park.

Elite is Ben's favorite spot for dim sum in the L.A. area. He loves it for the food and for the convenience: At Elite, one orders from a menu, as opposed to waiting for a pushcart to come by your table. As Ben says, at the cart restaurants you run the risk of missing out unless you're willing to chase them down.

Ben and Leah have known each other since their college days at Dartmouth, and Leah was visiting from her home in upstate New York. Being that her food choices are limited in her hometown, she was truly excited when Ben suggested that she join him at Elite.

Leah Bojnowski and Ben Mandelker

Free Lunch was happy to treat Leah to her first dim sum experience, and Ben was a perfect guide when it came to ordering their meal. As you can see from the photos below, they truly got to enjoy their experience.

Elite BBQ Pork Bun

Baked Durian Pie

Macau Roasted Pork

Crystal Shrimp Har Gow

Beef Short Rib

House Roasted Duck

Pork Shui Mai

Xiao Long Bao

Shrimp with Asparagus Rice Noodle

Steamed BBQ Pork Bun

Sticky Rice Lotus Leaf Wrap

Golden Cream Bun

Crystal Sweet Cake

Elite Restaurant
700 South Atlantic Boulevard
Monterey Park, CA 91754
(626) 282-9998

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Wow, all of this looks great, especially the Shrimp with Asparagus Rice Noodle! Thanks Free Lunch, I'll definitely go out to Monterey Park for dim sum!


Hi, I'd love to lunch with you guys at one of my favorite lunch spots -- maybe at Black Cat Bakery on Fairfax, Fiore Market Cafe in South Pasadena or Cham Korean Bistro in Pasadena?
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