I've ordered food-to-go several times at Sam Woo BBQ Express, which is at one side of the bigger sit-down restaurant. You can eat at one of the many public patio tables outside or take the food home. Hanging barbequed animals of many kinds and a long but fast-moving line greet you when you walk in. Then you see a long steam table with a large selection of Chinese food. You can buy single dishes by the container or combos to go with 1, 2, or 3 entrees and rice or chow mein. There is no inside seating at the Express. Soup comes with your combo order
Sometimes the food is well-prepared, hot, and tasty, and other times you feel like throwing most of it into the trash bins outside. The last time I ordered a 1-entree combo with slivered pork and tofu (bean curd), and chow mein--about a week ago, It was a gloriously sunny Southern California day, so I sat at a table overlooking the busy parking lot to eat lunch. The nondescript egg drop soup was hot and harmless. But my entree and chow mein were only lukewarm. The pork and tofu would have been fine (not exceptional, mind you) except that the dish's plentiful white onions were raw or only barely cooked, and I could taste them for nearly two days, despite mouthwash, gum, and vigorous teeth brushing.The chow mein was oodles of noodles with just a hint of white onions (is there a theme here?) plus green onions to give the dish something else to think about. There was so much food that I couldn't finish it all (or maybe...?). The best part was the whole thing cost under $5. Did I mention they take only cash?
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