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“The Old-fashioned place was better” 2 of 5 stars
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Modern Restaurant
2200 Melrose St, Ste 10, Walla Walla, WA 99362-1556
509-525-8662
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Ranked #80 of 112 restaurants in Walla Walla
Cuisines: Chinese
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Walla Walla, WA
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75 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“The Old-fashioned place was better”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

I have eaten at the Modern off-and-on for nearly 35 years. It was a pretty good place to get a decent plate of beef chop suey and their family meals were pretty good, too.
That has all changed. The beef chop suey was watery, cool, and lacked the taste I was used to. The egg rolls were tough, the waiter seemed like he could care less about me or my dining problems, and the price was pretty high for chop suey.
Thinking it might just be me and my aging tastebuds, I went to another similar restaurant in nearby Milton-Freewater. Their chop suey tasted great! So, I think the blame lies with the Modern.
If you are so inclined and don't mind slipping "below the border" for a good Chinese-American meal, go to the old-fashioned place and leave the Modern to the less discriminating.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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English first
College Place, Wa
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Used to be a great restaurant but not anymore”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

Ever since they've changed the new ownership the quality of the food and service has drastically declined big time, this used to be my favorite Chinese restaurant in town but not anymore, the fried rice is very dry and tasteless and they also skimp on the amount of gravy they put in the almond fried chicken, it's sad to see a good restaurant go downhill like this

  • Visited August 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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“Only so so with good portions.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012 via mobile

After reading all the good reviews I was really expecting an above average dinner, did't happen. I would not come back again. I have to wonder if family members don't write the reviews.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“Not Like it Used to Be”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

This restaurant changed owners a few years ago and the quality of the food has been going downhill ever since. It has the worst fried rice I've ever tasted and the owner's response was that I should have the steamed rice the next time I eat there (what next time?) There are better Chinese restaurants in town to go to.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Sadly this establishment needs to step it up”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

We had heard from long time residents about how wonderful the food is here, but honestly the food was not good - both texture and flavor were poor. What was once apparently a favorite among locals has slipped away. The portions were as expected: large, as are so many Chinese restaurants, but what benefit is large when you don't want to take it with you? The service was okay for us. Not super, but not bad. Sorry, can't recommend you eat here :(

  • Visited July 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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