We had another wonderful dinner at Charles Plaza last night with hard-to-please parents and grandparents. We hadn't been there since New Years (see post via link below) and we're kicking ourselves for not going for such a long time!
Once again, the food is Chinese, and most dishes are recognizable (e.g. chicken with snow peas), but the cooking and freshness of the ingredients are a few notches above most other restaurants.
The place prides itself on healthy cooking. Few dishes are fried. No red meat is served; chicken and seafood only. Fully 1/2 the menu is vegetarian.
The winning dish of the night was tilapia filet sauteed in olive oil with black bean & garlic sauce surrounded by snow peas and cauliflower.
The owner and host, Charles Chen, is a pleasure and was extremely accomodating to variations of menu items and even semi-invented combinations (e.g. "I'd like chicken with snow peas, but with string beans, and garlic, and made spicy").
Prices are reasonable; most entrees are $8-13.
BYOB. We decided on a Belgian Chimay, and Stoudt's Abbey Double (both in the 26-oz bottles).
234 N. 10th street (btw Race and Vine)