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“A GReat Find Close to Home” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Big Panda

Big Panda
5555 Palmer Crossing Cir, Sarasota, FL 34233-3335
+1 941-921-8166
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Ranked #314 of 849 Restaurants in Sarasota
Price range: $2 - $16
Cuisines: Chinese, Vegetarian, Noodle, Donuts
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Delivery
Description: Palmer Crossing - Honore and Clark Road
Putnam Valley, New York
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5 reviews 5 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“A GReat Find Close to Home”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

Will definitely come here again. The food was made to order so I could have exactly what I wanted, a spicy tofu-vegetarian dish. My friend loved his very tasty spicy chicken and vegetable dish. The lady who took our order was very helpful and nice. At the end of the meal I was pleasantly surprised by the price of such a good meal. Oh, and the soup was also very tasty and filling.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
West Bloomfield, Michigan
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34 reviews 34 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Unexpected Find”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

In a strip-mall center, this small, mostly carry-out restaurant delivers very good Chinese food. The decor for in dining is bland, seating for maybe 20 people max. But the food makes up for the lack of ambiance. It is fresh, and only prepared to order. Very reasonably priced. Good for a quick meal or carry out.

Visited February 2014
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Sarasota, Florida
2 reviews
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“EXCELLENT FOOD & SERVICE”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

I've tried numerous Chinese restaurants (mostly takeout) and this is the best I've found so far. Their brown rice is worth the few extra cents as it's fluffy and delicious and everything tastes fresh - made to order. Everything I've gotten there is really very good.

The lady at the counter is probably the nicest person I've met in a restaurant - very, very friendly and helpful.

Parking may sometimes be a problem, especially after work when everyone is at the gym next door, but most times not an issue.

I would recommend this to anyone who likes good Chinese food.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Sarasota, Florida
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44 restaurant reviews
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
“Very good Chinese food locally!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

Whether you want take out or eat in, Big Panda right near Gecko's on Clark Road has some very tasty Chinese food. The owners take a lot of pride in their cooking and also serving, and make you feel right at home if you are eating in. There are only a few tables, but they do make you feel very "at home" if you are eating there. Give it a try - they have brown rice, and all of the regular Chinese dishes, and they are cooked to order. We had Mongolian Beef and Chicken Moo Goo Gai Pan, and both were delicious. Their won ton soup is very good, and not too salty like you find in some places.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Sarasota, Florida
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“Great Lunch”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

We went here today for lunch and it didn't disappoint. I read the reviews and we took a chance and glad that we did. Nice folks and the food is "very Hot" when it comes out as they cook it to order. Very pleased with the General Tso's chicken. Its very good and not like the normal with a lot of battering. We'll definitely go back!

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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