Grace Garden is the type of place that my Chinese husband and I would never look at twice.
This approximately 10-table restaurant is in a small strip mall in an area that is devoid of good Asian restaurants. BUT, based on a blog that my husband read and always in search of a good Chinese eatery, we made the hour-plus trip from our home to try it, inviting our two sons also to make a long trek to eat with us, None of us regret the journeys! Ignore the absolute non-descript (although clean) decor (just what one would expect from the exterior) and concentrate on the food. Don't even look at the American menu, but ask for the traditional Chinese menu (a mixture of mild Cantonese and spicy Sichuan dishes), and you will be in for a real treat. We all agreed that the fish noodle (yes, noodles made from fish) was a real standout, followed closely but the Taiwanese chopped fish and pork dish (somewhat spicy). The Empress Chicken at $26 is well worth the cost but does need to be ordered 2 days in advance. The Ha-Ka Tofu (one of many tofu dishes listed) is delicious - fried tofu squares stuffed with pork in a flavorful brown bean sauce. I can't wait to try some of their other tofu dishes, especially the Ma-Po tofu (tofu with a shrimp paste in a crab sauce) which is one of my favorites from other restaurants. We also had stir-fried chives as a vegetable and the very spicy dish described as pork belly with rice powder. The service provided by the owner-chef's wife and is friendly and helpful.
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