I am native Chinese, and I know what Chinese food is. Speaking of authenticity, you probably won't get much authentic food in the US. The dishes here are much more "real", and much closer to what is available in China. Dishes here are also very creative, it is a must-go spot if you visit Gainesville, or you study at UF. If you hate Chinese take-outs, then you should definitely try this one. This is DIFFERENT! The Chinese take-outs here are cooked by people from Southern China. The flavor is much modified to suit the American taste ---> IT IS NOT CHINESE, NOT EVEN A LITTLE PIECE OF CHINESE. In comparison, Small House offers items that are unique. In China, restaurants have their own creation of signature dishes. Similarly, Small House does offer its own creations. If you are American, I suggest that you ask around the Chinese students dining there for some suggestions. Try their menu items, not the lunch combo!