Northern Cafe

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Chinese

Quality Chinese food exists on the Westside thanks to Northern Cafe, a casual counter-serve spot in Westwood Village, where locals, particularly UCLA students, flock for handmade dumplings, noodles, and classics like kung pao chicken. Expect to wait in line before grabbing a seat at one of the many wooden tables in this long, bare-bones space, but it's worth it for dishes like juicy pork dumplings, and dan dan noodles with sesame peanut sauce. Don't forget to throw in a side of chive and egg pancakes.

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Los Angeles

Northern Cafe

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Quality Chinese food exists on the Westside thanks to Northern Cafe, a casual counter-serve spot in Westwood Village, where locals, particularly UCLA students, flock for handmade dumplings, noodles, and classics like kung pao chicken. Expect to wait in line before grabbing a seat at one of the many wooden tables in this long, bare-bones space, but it's worth it for dishes like juicy pork dumplings, and dan dan noodles with sesame peanut sauce. Don't forget to throw in a side of chive and egg pancakes.