Hubby and I like to go to Chen's for special occasions and when we're celebrating something. The restaurant is beautifully decorated (you get cloth napkins!). Some dishes are in the price range comparable to Carrabbas, but you can eat very well spending $9-$12 for dinner (not counting drinks or appetizers of course). Hubby likes the Pineapple Chicken and also the back menu with combinations that are very affordable. For less than the price of a dinner at the other buffet places (e.g., Asia Buffet), you can get a great meal.
My favorite is the Mu Shu Pork. It is a dish of stir fried char siu pork and vegetables (cabbage, onion, etc.). It comes with rice, marvelous oyster sauce and "pancakes" so you can make a mu shu burrito. There's so much food I only eat half, so I get two meals for the price of one!
The free appetizer is fried won ton strips and a sweet sauce. I was unfamiliar with this because you don't get any free appetizer in Hawaii or on the west coast, but my New Jersey friend said he's eaten this at Chinese restaurants, so it is apparently an east coast thing. Anyway, it's good. Not enough to fill you up but just enough to whet your appetite.
Chen's is kind of like a well-kept secret. It gets crowded during snowbird season, but in the off season, it's not that busy. Put it this way, it's not as busy as it should be! They have a promotion where they give you a card that gets stamped. Each card needs 10 stamps, and when it's all stamped, you get one free meal. You spend $10 per stamp, so it's not hard to fill up a card. I'm not sure if they still have the promotion going or not, but even if they aren't, this is a great place to eat gourmet Chinese food.
A minor downside--sometimes I've felt a little warm in that restaurant (even when I'm wearing shorts). Maybe it's because--living in Florida where homes are made with fans in every room--they don't have ceiling fans.
Another minor downside is that every time I go there, they ask if I'm Chinese because it appears the entire staff is from China and I guess they would like to speak their native language with guests. I feel bad telling them I'm not, but I really prefer anonymity to personal questions when I'm in a restaurant.
Writing this review is making me hungry for Chinese food! :)
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