Went today with my wife and kids, and two friends of mine whose families are from SE China. At around 1:15pm the place was still very crowded - we waited about 10 minutes for a table for 6.
Dishes we had:
Oyster Pancake (appetizer) - a must have. Sort of like an oyster vegetable omelet with a sweet brown sauce, this was a winner around the table.
Spicy Pig Ear (appetizer) - I'd never had this before, and it wasn't my favorite dish. A little chewy, and it had an odd consistency. My wife loved it, though, and the leftovers came home with us! Both of my Chinese friends pronounced it "just like our mothers used to make."
Sizzling Flounder Filet - this was HUGE plate of batter-fried flounder. At least, they said it was flounder - the pieces of fish were cut very thick, and it seemed more like cod to me (maybe it was the buffalo fish that was all over the menu?) Anyhow, the fish was served in a deep dish with vegetables and a sweet brown sauce, and the whole plate was over an open flame, which kept the sauce bubbling the entire time. Definitely a favorite at the table, though my diabetic wife said the sauce was too sweet. Not enough to keep her from seconds, though!
Manila Clams with Basil - Very similar to the Thai dish of the same name, though they oddly used regular Italian basil in the dish. Very fresh clams, and very tasty, but you see this dish a lot of places, and there wasn't anything here to distinguish it from others.
Fried chicken leg with rice - This was for the kids. Two leg quarters battered and fried, served over rice with a sauce of ground pork, gravy, and a hard-boiled egg. They kindly served the sauce in a separate bowl for my not-very-chowhoundish kids, who scarfed the chicken and rice right down. The rest of us ate the sauce, egg, and vegetables over rice - it was tasty but overly salty.
We also got three different noodle soups to share - Taiwanese Wanton Noodle Soup (a light chicken broth which was refreshingly not salty, with tasty wantons and lo mein like noodles), Seafood Combo Noodle Soup (a giant bowl of very thick broth with lots of seafood, and udon-like noodles), and the declared winner, Shrimp, Chicken and Pork Noodles Soup (a hearty chicken broth with rice noodles, and just stuffed full of ingredients including a fabulous roast pork.)
There were tons of leftovers, even though we stuffed ourselves silly. And the total after tax and 20% tip (as busy as they were, the service was incredibly prompt and friendly) was a ridculously low $70 for 4 adults and 2 kids.
Bob himself was wandering around the dining room, greeting regulars and chatting with diners. He personally thanked each party as they left, and told each diner "I hope we'll see you again".
He'll certainly see us again.
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