Where NOT to eat for Mother’s Day

I’ve never understood the need to kill and eat animals that don’t provide you with the basic needs of life. Case in point is Shark Fin soup. Something that is cruel, wasteful and utterly unnecessary is still being made and served in our local eateries. If you want to get your blood boiling just watch the video below…

I’m including a list of local eateries who still serve this shit along with their phone numbers if you’d like to call and demand they stop serving it. Sadly one of my favorite restaurants is on this list and I won’t be going back until it’s off the menu. So long China Garden in Woodland Hills, it was fun while it lasted.

Café Sierra
Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City
555 Universal Hollywood Drive
Universal City, CA 91608-1001
(818) 506-2500

Capital Seafood and Capital BBQ and Dim Sum Express
2700 Alton Parkway, Suite 127
Irvine, CA 92606
(949) 252-8188

CBS Seafood Restaurant
700 N Spring St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 617-2323

China Garden Restaurant
21618 Ventura Blvd.
Woodland Hills, CA 91364
(818) 347-0100

China Gate Chinese Restaurant
979 Dewey Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90006
(213) 384-1119

China Tea House
4 Sepulveda Blvd
Torrance, CA 90505
(310) 325-6716

Dragon
966 S Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90006
(213) 387-8833

Elite Restaurant
700 S Atlantic Blvd
Monterey Park, CA 91754
(626) 282-9998

Empress Pavilion Restaurant
988 N Hill St # 201
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 617-9898

Full House Seafood Restaurant
963 N Hill St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 617-8382

Furiwa Seafood Restaurant
13826 Brookhurst St
Garden Grove, CA 92843
(714) 534-3996

Fu-Shing Chinese Restaurant
2960 E Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91107
(626) 792-8898

Golden City Restaurant
960 N Hill St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 253-2660

Golden Palace
6411 Lankershim Blvd
North Hollywood, CA 91606
(818) 766-6508

Golden Pheasant
1077 W Carson St
Torrance, CA 90502
(310) 320-1038

Golden Soup Restaurant
1039 E. Valley Blvd. #201
San Gabriel, CA 91776
(626) 312-9586

Hop Li
11901 Santa Monica Blvd #102
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 268-2463

Hop Li Seafood Restaurant
526 Alpine St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 680-3939

Hop Li Seafood Restaurant
10974 W. Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064
(310) 441-3708

Hop Woo Barbeque Restaurant
845 N Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 617-3038

Hop Woo Barbeque Restaurant
1 W Main St
Alhambra, CA 91801
(626) 289-7938

Jin
74 W 8th St
Los Angeles, CA 90005
(213) 386-8976

JR Seafood Restaurant
11901 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 268-2463

Lai Lai Chinese Restaurant
3377 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90010-1850
(213) 387-2070

Mandarin West
At the Westin Bonaventure Hotel
404 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90071
(213) 683-8866

Mandarin Tiger
18900 Ventura Blvd
Tarzana, CA 91356
(818) 345-0151

Mission 261
261 S Mission Dr
San Gabriel, CA 91776
(626) 588-1666

Moo’s
4817 Torrance Blvd
Torrance, CA 90503
(310) 542-5270

NBC Seafood Restaurant
404 S Atlantic Blvd
Monterey Park, CA 91754
(626) 282-2323

Ocean Seafood
747 N Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 687-3088

PCH Chinese Restaurant
1841 Pacific Coast Hwy
Lomita, CA 90717
(310) 326-5640

Plum Tree Inn
937 N Hill St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 613-1819

Prince Seafood
11828 South Street
Cerritos, CA 90703
(562) 809-1812
E-mail: davey@princeseafood.com

Regent Seafood Restaurant
747 N Main St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 680-3333

Sam Woo Restaurant
15333 Culver Drive Ste 720
Irvine, CA 92604
(949) 262-0688

Sea Empress Seafood
1636 W Redondo Beach Blvd
Gardena, CA 90247
(310) 538-6868

Sea Harbour
3939 Rosemead Blvd.
Rosemead, CA 91770-1951
(626) 288-3939

Seafood Paradise Restaurant
8602 Westminster Blvd.
Westminster, CA 92683
(714) 893-6066

Seashore
5137 Calle Mayor
Torrance, CA 90505
(310) 373-0751

Shin Peking Chinese Cuisine
3101 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90006
(213) 381-3003

Spring Garden Restaurant
187 N Sierra Madre Blvd
Pasadena, CA
(626) 796-2531

Sun’s
6441 N Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90042
(323) 258-1929

Szechwan Chinese
2107 Pacific Coast Hwy
Lomita, CA 90717
(310) 534-2280

Ten Ten Seafood Restaurant
669 N. Euclid Street
Anaheim, CA 92018
(714) 991-8412

Vip Harbor
11701 Wilshire Blvd #16
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 979-3377

VIP Chinese Restaurant
705 1/2 S Western Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90005
(213) 389-8532

Young King
3100 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90006
(213) 487-6154

Entire list of US restaurants
Entire list of Canadian restaurants

Hat tip to Tim Ferriss.

5 Replies to “Where NOT to eat for Mother’s Day”

  1. Wow. What a list. I had no idea that it was that pervasive in LA, the SGV is well represented in this list of shame.

  2. Holy Fuck: Empress Pavilion downtown AND Sea Food Paradise in Westminster!! Both are faves — no more!

    And on a side note in March while exploring the Chinatown section of Bangkok, there was not a single restaurant that didn’t shout it loud in their signage that they offered either shark fin or bird’s nest soups, the former irrevocably reprehensible, the latter only a little less so not only because it’s decidedly less cruel and wasteful but mainly because it’s main ingredient is bird vomit.

  3. Just so you know, there is imitation shark fin’s soup. I haven’t eaten the real stuff since a kid after finding out what they do to the sharks.

  4. A lot of Asian restaurants have shark fin soup on and off the menu (especially if they do catering and banquets), so as a practical matter, it’s hard to avoid it if you’re eating at a place that serves a predominantly Asian neighborhood (i.e., SGV/SFV/Westminster/Garden Grove/Torrance/etc). For better or worse, this is a very cultural dish, and it’s going to take considerably more than a bunch of (mostly non-Asian) people demanding its removal to get them to change their practices. Not saying it’s not worth the effort, but there’s just a cultural shift in eating habits and expectations that has to take place somehow…

    There are a few places mentioned in this Chowhound thread about potential eateries that may not serve shark fin – http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/727627

  5. Pretty sure WP24–Wolfgang Puck’s restaurant in the Marriott/Ritz near the Staples Center–serves it. I remember hearing Jonathan Gold mention it in his review on “Good Food.”

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