Over the course of the last three decades, it seems to me that the overall quality of Chinese food in the Dallas area has declined as fast as the number of strip-center restaurants has exploded. The trend has been toward the big all-you-can-eat buffets, which have been found to include such Chinese delicacies as pizza. (Apparently they're trying to lure the gluttonous away from Cici's.) So it's with great enthusiasm that I heartily endorse this strip-center spot, which requires a bit of a drive from either Dallas or Fort Worth. I've eaten there many times, and never been disappointed. Walking through the doors, one quickly leaves the heat and traffic behind. Even when there's a crowd, the softly-lit dining room seems serene and inviting. The lunch specials are a true bargain; one low price includes an entree, a cup of soup, and either egg roll, crab rangoon, or chicken wings. Service is polite and efficient, and the food arrives quickly - a plus for those on a limited lunch break. It's right across Beltline from Irving Mall, and there's plenty of free parking.
By the way, I've also eaten at the Empress in Grapevine. Different menu, different atmosphere - I'm not enamored.
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