I think Li's must have been among the original tenants in what we call our "Farm Fresh shopping center," located in Va Beach at the corner of Great Neck and First Colonial Rds. It's been serving pretty predictable carryout Chinese for as long as I can remember, and has never failed to satisfy and fill us up when we've been in that kind of mood. Like most take-out Chinese, there are a few tables inside if you want to eat in, but they're as often as not occupied by the owner's kids, doing homework during the school year, or drawing and playing games at other times. The oldest two of the kids are now helping in the business (in the front, not cooking), and it's been fun to know them and their parents all these years, and to watch them grow up into very nice young ladies.
So Li's is a really good, very predictable carryout Chinese place located conveniently (for us) in the Great Neck corridor --- nothing more, nothing less. Same small shopping center location, same "open all the time" hours, same menu and same prices as 100 other Tidewater Chinese carryouts. But once you've visited here a few times, and get to know the very pleasant and hard-working family members, it may turn into a place that's a little bit special, and maybe a little better than all those other carryouts. At least we think so --- we've never been to any other HR Chinese carryout in the almost 30 years we've lived here.