I had high hopes for this American Chinese restaurant as I entered it. The waitstaff greeted me warmly, and the restaurant interior had bright and cheerful decor. The prices on the menu looked reasonable but not too cheap.
The nice waitress asked me if I wanted hot tea, which I agreed to happily. However, the tea itself was a rather bitter black tea, reminicent of food service teabags. I'd expect at least a little higher grade black, or even a jasmine tea, at a Chinese place.
I ordered hot and sour soup, shrimp egg rolls, and Orange Shrimp, which was listed under "Chef's Specialties". I ordered a large soup, expecting a bowl rather than a cup. Instead I got what looked like a family-style bowl for four. The soup was mostly liquid, with the occasional lonely tofu chunk or two, and didn't have the clear balance between sour and savory that is sort of what defines the soup. The shrimp egg rolls came as a set of 3 cut in half with a strange red sauce on the side that was sort of tomatoey rather than the usual duck sauce. I had a hard time finding the shrimp in the rolls. I asked for chinese hot mustard, and got a yellow sauce that was slightly hot but had little mustard taste. The Orange shrimp, which I asked for spicy, came out as 13 large deep fried shrimp, each the size of a small cigar-- great quantity! However, the orange sauce it came in was not spicy at all, and was more cloying and more reminicient of, well, corn starch than of orange flavor. There were silvers of orange zest in the sauce, but not enough to infuse nearly enough flavor.
I ate about 1/4 of the soup, one of the egg rolls, and about five of the shrimp before I decided that I was enjoying none of them. I asked the waitress for boxes, which she quickly and cheerfully delivered. The bill came to about $22 before tip. The leftovers did not get any better after a night in the fridge, so I threw them away.
If you're looking for friendly service and large quantities, you could do worse than here. But if flavor and texture matter to you at all, I'd recommend you look elsewhere.
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