First of all, I love using Yelp.
There are some flaws, sure, but every other data base of reviews pales in comparison. Yelp's a good site and app to use if you know how to use it. You can NOT rely on it completely for two main things though, across the board:
- Search Results
The first being, when it comes to food, most people don't have a good palette for it. For example, I'm not going to listen to someone who tells me where their "most faaaaavorite" taco stand is while they are also doing reviews of McDonalds. In fact, if you regularly eat at McDonalds its very unlikely that I'm going to take your culinary advice.
So read between the lines. Lotsa complainers on there too, who are just always having a bad day and want to voice their opinion because they probably never got past getting their shit printed in the high school newspaper.
Secondly, search results. If you put "Chinese food" in the search bar, you'll never find this $7 gem of CRISPY FRIED CHICKEN. So really localize your searches or really be thorough here. Can't let those hole in the walls be a secret forever.
Near the corner of Atlantic and Anaheim is where New Panda Chinese Fast Food sits, in a run down old strip mall. You'd think (so would I) that its just another cafeteria style point-and-choose Chinese food spot. Well, it kinda is but the difference is that they have a freshly cooked menu as well.
On this menu is the above delight, Crispy Fried Chicken. In about 15 minutes, you get this amazing fried chicken over rice. It's got a hint of charsiu flavor of course and for $7.15, it's kaboooom.
Not sure what else is good there but if you dare to venture, don't come back to me saying you tried blah blah blah but it wasn't that good. Just go there and order the Crispy Fried Chicken and thank me.