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“Locals favorite” 5 of 5 stars
Review of China Inn - CLOSED

China Inn
877 Hornblend St, San Diego, CA 92109 (Pacific Beach)
(858) 483-6680
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Cuisines: Chinese
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Good for: Bar scene
Neighborhood: Pacific Beach
San Diego
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“Locals favorite”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2007

This is an old school Chinese restaurant, complete with red lanterns, little umbrellas on your drinks, and those paper placesettings where you can determine if you were born in the year of the dragon, dog, or tiger. The food is always good, also old school, with stuff like chow mein, egg rolls that aren't vegetarian, fried wontons, egg foo yung, and all the other stuff you won't find at a more modern restaurant like PF Chang's. Don't be fooled by the low prices - it's good stuff. There's free parking in the lot across the street, but read the signs and make sure you're in the area reserved for China Inn patrons.

Great place for a date. Where else can you order a drink that looks like a giant, flaming volcano, then lean back and sip it together out of straws that are three feet long? Nevermind that it's super strong. You're drinking out of a volcano with crazy straws for gosh sakes! Even if you don't order a cocktail, read the menu's list of drinks. The descriptions are funny.

You might be surprised to see how many people crowd into the tiny tiki bar at China Inn to have a drink before heading out to PB. When retro became retro-cool, so did the China Inn. This may pass, but the food will keep people coming back for more. If you thought there weren't any good Chinese restaurants at the beach, think again.

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