There is a world renowned place in LA called Din Tai Fung. I wouldn’t be surprised if someone has already told you about it.
I have gone there couple times and it is like crack. I can clear two plates by myself, it is that good. Traditionally I think they are made with just pork, not crab and pork, but what do I know.
This restaurant has over 30 locations around the world, mostly in Asia. The restaurant gets packed very early if you go on the weekends. They open at 10AM on the weekends and I got there at 10:30 and the entire first restaurant was filled. That is how popular this place is. They had to buy a second location next to the first one so they can keep up with the demand.
Check it out!!
PS I went to Shakey’s the other day for the first time. It wasn’t the greatest thing ever, but it was not bad. I thought the buffalo chicken pizza was pretty good. I wasn’t impressed with the mojo potatoes though. If you go alone I can understand how you do your best thinking there. It was not a bad experience. I might not go as much as you, but I can see myself going back.