Still in search of a decent Chinese meal, my wife and I, following a tip from a student of mine who used to be a chef, checked out Hunan on Airport Road, about a mile from downtown. I am not going to say that the meal was completely satisfying, or comparable to what one finds in a northern city, but it was probably the best -- or least bad -- Chinese meal we've had in North Carolina. Ordering off the special Chinese menu, we had beef chow fun, crispy duck, and tofu hotpot. All had the look and feel of real Chinese food, though the duck was a bit greasy, and the noodles a bit glutinous and clumpy, and the hotpot a tad sweet. Service was very friendly and competent, and portions were sizeable --we could easily have gotten by with two dishes, which would have reduced the bill to a wallet-pleasing $20. Beware, though: we saw alarming piles of General Tso's chicken being delivered to other tables. It's clearly possible to go very wrong at Hunan. One had best tell the waiter that one wants "Chinese Chinese food."
Has anyone tried the Sunday dim sum at Hunan? Our waiter, apparently a very sincere chap, could not quite bring himself to recommend it. We'll probably give it a try before long.
After dinner, we popped across the parking lot and had dessert at the "Inside Scoop." Not bad at all. The Guiness ice cream is particularly weird and interesting -- even worth a special trip.