I have been looking for some good fast cheap Chinese food. Chinatown Express fits the bill if you order the noodles, but anything else and the price starts to go up.
I recently started working next to China Cafe on 19th and am in love. It is cheap, fast, reasonably good, and most importantly, freshly prepared. I am not trying to say the ingredients are from the farmer's market or anything, but it is prepared fresh in huge Hong Kong style woks with roaring BTUs and they give you helpings that last for days. There is none of this sitting in warming pans food (except the daily special, which sells so fast it doesn't matter). It is a little dirty, but it is the kind of dirty that any roaring kitchen should have and the soups, the noodles and the specials all are ready to go in minutes and it's usually less than five dollars.
Not necessarily authentic (but pretty close), not necessarily healthy (but you can ask for no salt, oil, msg ect.), but damn good, and damn cheap.
Any other suggestions out there?
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