It is with heavy heart that I post this...Tindo is no more. There is a restaurant still in that space, but I don't even remember the name; something beginning with "Y". I went there last week and was a little puzzled at the new name, but decided I'd ask what happened: I walked in the door and asked the first twentyish Chinese girl I saw; her English wasn't good enough to talk to me, so she brought another woman who also couldn't understand what I was asking her. (Why do they have the "Employees Must Wash Hands Before Returning To Work" signs in the bathrooms in English only? Don't the inspectors ever suspect the people they're targeted to can't even read them?) Finally three Asian women were staring at me bewildered, asking me if I wanted to be seated.
So I said, "Never mind," and left, dejected and hungry. Granted, I've noticed for over a year that that area is going through big changes, and I saw the writing on the wall a few months ago when a 24-hour place was opening up across the street. Although I thought Tindo was strong enough to withstand these, I did notice subtle changes over time; I was willing to ignore them, though.
So Jim, what's your default Chinese these days?