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“Its not "typical" Chinese” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Charlie Hong Kong

Charlie Hong Kong
1141 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-2105
831-426-5664
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Ranked #66 of 328 Restaurants in Santa Cruz
Cuisines: Asian, Chinese
Dining options: Late Night
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Dining options: Late Night
Palo Alto, California
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32 restaurant reviews
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“Its not "typical" Chinese”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

We have been driving past this place for a long time and it is always busy, so we finally decided to give it a try. They offer fast, healthy, organic based food for take out or eat in. Pretty limited menu that, for the most part, is either rice or noodle bowls with a choice of toppings -- many vegetarian/vegan, and gluten free choices.

At the recommendation of the girl taking the order, I got the spicy Dan noodle bowl which she said was the local favorite. While it was ok, I wouldn't order it again as I didn't think the sauce had much character (and the sauce is all you could taste). The green chicken curry and the chicken teriyaki were good but not traditional in any sense. In both dishes, the chicken itself had a boiled taste to it and then it is covered in sauce in the bowl, so you don't get that great rich flavor that comes from letting the flavors meld together either through marinating or cooking together. The shrimp in the shrimp rice bowl however were great and the bowl had a good balance of flavors. The chicken and noodle soup was also very tasty and with the coriander, basil, pepper and lime it definitely had a SE Asian flair.

It is ok for what it is -- fast and fresh and economical, and without the typical "oil slick" found on top of so many Asian dishes. I spent years living on rice plates and noodle bowls and I don't think Charlie Hong Kong it is going to wow anyone over in the flavor department. Will I go back again? Probably, but with altered expectations.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Santa Cruz, California
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65 reviews 65 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Healthy Asian street food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

Charlie Hong Kong opened in 1998 at was once the Great American Weiner Works. I miss the hot dogs, but Charlie's has good, healthy (mostly vegan) Asian street food with a local twist. Their rice bowls are a great bargain, and the food is fast and fresh. It's mainly a takeout place, but there is some indoor seating, plus picnic tables outside, under the big green awning. And they are open late (11PM), so you can get some dinner after the movie or show at the Rio Theatre up the street.

Visited April 2013
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Santa Cruz, California
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“Great Organic Chinese Food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

Fabulous food; organic!!!!!
Fast service,
Unbelieveable prices, always has available seating
friendly casual place

Visited April 2013
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Felton, California
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“Favorite take out”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

This is my go to place for healthy, fast and delicious take out (or eat in too). I love their green curry noodles and my kids love the Little Dan. We have been coming here for years and just love it.

Visited March 2013
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Santa Cruz, California
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“Modest Noodles.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

This is a convenient Asian style noodle house near the Rio theater. Charlie tries to be healthy and inexpensive and is good for a modest meal, I personally would rather go to a Pho noodle house however none to be had in Santa Cruz. .

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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