Developers of Blossom Market Hall are hoping for another Grand Central Market

SAN GABRIEL, CALIFORNIA: Blossom Market Hall in San Gabriel is photographed on Friday, July 16, 2021. (Christina House / Los Angeles Times)

San Gabriel’s Blossom Market Hall will host more than a dozen vendors and a range of cuisines. (Christina House / Los Angeles Times)

A few years ago, Nellie and Chris Tran moved from San Francisco back to their hometown in the San Gabriel Valley to raise their son, who was 1 at the time. While there were plenty of shopping plazas — and restaurants — to explore, there wasn’t much room for their son to run around, except the parking lots. The couple thought the area was lacking the types of public gathering spaces they’d seen in other cities.

The city of San Gabriel needed a food hall, they thought, something similar to Grand Central Market and Anaheim Packing House, a space that would bring diverse communities together through food, performances and art.

In 2018, the Trans started the process of transforming a former Masonic lodge in the historic

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Best Chinese restaurants in Charlotte, recommended by foodies, restaurateurs and readers

We suspect you usually end up eating most of your Chinese food after a Google search for “nearest Chinese restaurant to me” in Charlotte, and there’s nothing wrong with that. But sometimes you’re in the mood to step out of that comfort zone and try something beyond your standard Sesame Chicken order.

To help you out, we dug around in our archives and asked our foodie friends, a few restaurant experts and CharlotteFive readers for recommendations. What we came up with are a few restaurants that offer a more authentic taste of Chinese flavors and fun dishes you probably won’t find anywhere else, along with some familiar Chinese American favorites.

Here are some of the best Chinese restaurants to try in the Charlotte area:

Asian Grill

Location: 3913 Providence Road South, Waxhaw, NC 28173

Neighborhood: Waxhaw

Menu

What to try: The lunch offerings include a rice bowl special with a

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