I know, right? Phoenix, who knew? And on a pretty gritty street. But do not be deceived.
First: Remember the Law of Chinese Restaurant Décor: the better the décor, the worse the food. That said, this place is three bare, noisy, at times crowded Pepto-Bismol pink rooms with flipchart pages and construction paper signs in Chinese on the walls. In other words, the ambience is sublime.
The service is friendly if a bit slow. I have waited for my check several times -- and it's worth it. This place has the finest Chinese food I have yet found in the US. My favorite thing on the menu (at least the one in English) is pepper salt squid. I've never had a bite of bad food in this place, though some things are so authentic as to be beyond most Western palates. I love the fried peanut amuse-bouche, the cheap tea, the wonderful abundant jasmine rice. These folks serve you chopsticks unless you request otherwise, if I recall.
I'm a working chef who lived 6 years in Phoenix, a student of Chef Rhoda Yee, and I say this is better than anyplace (save maybe one or two) in San Francisco, where I also lived.
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