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Good Chinese in San Mateo?

Wendy-san | | Mar 11, 2002 06:21 PM

We've determined that there are some pretty fine Japanese restaurants in San Mateo, but does anyone know of some good Chinese places? I'm looking for something as good as Just Won Ton or Little Beijing or Cheung Hing. Region doesn't matter as I'm no expert. My husband and I have searched in vain for a decent place so far. Last night we went to Taste of Shanghai on El Camino (near 21st) and it really wasn't too good. We have been to Hakka and Tina's, both on Third Avenue; Uncle Chen's near Mollie Stone's grocery; and China House on El Camino. And a couple of other places over the years that are best forgotten. I get the impression that these places cater to undemanding suburban tastes. Those that we have visited don't have too many Asian customers and there are no menus in Chinese on the walls. We used to go to Ritz, but it is long gone.

Is it true that we either have to drive to Millbrae and northward, or south to Mountain View to get some good Chinese food? We live in Half Moon Bay and the two Chinese restaurants here are hopeless. Tam's in Pacifica will do in a pinch, but I'm sure there must be some hidden treasure in San Mateo. Doe anyone have a suggestion?

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