I've been to House of Louie a bunch of times and although it's not what I would call excellent it's pretty darn good considering the other local choices. Their dim sum is pretty yummy and the szechwan pork is really good and I always order their potstickers.
The food critics at Yahoo! ought to really do their homework before writing these mediocre recommendation. House of Louie is not a 4 1/2-star restaurant. Their food is below average but the service is good.
For more authentic Chinese food, go west to San Gabriel or Monterey Park.
It's funny, but it seems like when we go to a new Chinese restaurant that we've never been to before, the food is always great the first time, but as we try more of the dishes, some of the weaknesses come out.
When I went to House of Louie the first time, it was for lunch, and the food was very good, and their dim sum was good as well. The sweet and sour pork was better than most, and their fried rice is devoid of soy sauce and arrives white & fried.
When we returned for dinner two more times, we were less than satisfied with the dishes served. Although the mu shu pork was good, the shells appeared to be underdone tortillas. The egg foo young was strange in its construction. Most Chinese restaurants use a ring mold to form the patties. HOL uses the free form approach. They simply poured a scrambled egg mixture over a pile of veggies on a grill and cooked them that way. The gravy was not very tasty so it made the overall dish less than impressive. The green pepper beef though was good.
It seems to be a hit or miss with dishes from this restaurant. Some are very good and some are bad. You'll just have to try your own favorites and see if this place can make it decently for you.
It was better way back when it first started in Covina (early 80's). Still decent, but crowded on weekends like every other good dim sum place in L.A.
On the other hand, their service is excellent.
Better luck in San Gabriel/Alhambra/Monterey Park areas - larger restaurants with bigger varieties and specialties. But the service is not great at these places.
The first time I had the opportunity to visit this restaurant, I was a younster at the mercy of my family. I remember enjoying the food despite my youthfully finicky appetite. I have revisited the House of Louie now a few times as a paying adult and my feelings for this place have grown even more passionate. The variety of dishes the restaurant features is endless. Whether you want some chicken, shrimp, noodles or beef, everyone will find something they like. My Boo and I's personal favorite is the crispy shrimp and candied walnuts in white sauce. It may go by a similar name on the menu but anyway you title it, the dish is deeeee-lish! The atmosphere is as authentic as one can make it in West Covina and is appropriate for a romantic two-person dinner or a celebratory group feast assisted by one lazy Susan. This may be the first restaurant review I have ever written (I am no Elmer Dills) so let the reader know I do not dole out praise easily. I simply came on yahoo to get the phone # but could not pass up the opportunity to give credit where credit is due and had to write a bit about my favorite Chinese restaurant.
i have been going to house of louie for 15 years and every time i try a different chinese restaurant i am disappointed. We each order one dish and share everything, i have not tried anything i didnt like.
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