Feast From The East, West LA
Why go to some place called Feast From The East and eat something called Chinese Chicken Salad when I'm just a few hours away from boarding my flight back to Asia? Because Chinese Chicken Salad is actually American rather than Chinese. And Feast From the East (1949 Westwood Blvd, 310-475-0400) is simply the one of the best at it. I used to come here a long time ago, and back then, they were just a tiny little hole in the wall with basically nowhere to sit. It looks like they have since expanded to have a full seating area, complete with silverware and food brought to your table. Wow...I guess they've been doing really well.
Anyway, what makes this one in particular so great is their ingredients: perfectly shredded chicken and generous heapings of almonds, sesame seeds, scallions, and deep fried wonton skin strips. Bring it all together with their mildly oily and sweet but killer sesame dressing, and all these random pieces suddenly hum together in harmony. Awesome.
They do have other things on the menu, but I've never tried any of it. To be honest, they don't sound like anything great, be it Vegetables & Black Bean Sauce, Teriyaki, or Spicy Thai Green Beans. Their Sesame Chicken Wings ("the best Asian fried chicken in town," so they claim) could be interesting, but I don't think I'd go out of my way to try it. For me, this place is good at the chicken salad, and that's my sole reason for coming here.