Visited this simple, but delicious Melrose spot on Xmas eve, before heading down the street for some improv. I'm generally not one for chinese food at all; it's been ages since I've had any. But went to Mao's on a friend's recommendation, and was not disappointed. Pretty affordable, I had the lettuce wraps with chicken - there was a TON of food! I also had a pork appetizer from the specials menu, and enjoyed both thoroughly! Our waitress was so lovely! Making sure we understood everything on the menu, made suggestions, very friendly and welcoming. I'm totally going back! Atmosphere isn't terribly exciting, but there was no rush to leave, so I enjoyed a leisurely conversation after my meal ended. And! The menu says that the kitchen is willing to accommodate special requests, etc. - I'll be back for sure!
Pros: great value, not too greasy, fresh, parking, close to Hollywood atractions
Cons: not much ambience