Today's historic L.A. food photo from the L.A. Public Library photo collection shows a rather charmingly ramshackle restaurant in China City called Chung Dat Loo. A photographer named Harry Quillen seems to have photographed dozens of restaurants just after China City and New Chinatown were built in the late 1930s and early 1940s. China City was apparently located on North Spring Street, but unlike New Chinatown, much of it burned down, perhaps because it was so charmingly ramshackle. Streets in China City, which was built by the developer of Olvera Street, included Lotus Pool Lane and Passage of One Hundred Surprises. I can't find anything about Chung Dat Loo, but to see a menu from Chinatown's Forbidden Palace restaurant circa 1946, click here.