Okay folks, on the assumption that the Chowhound motto really is "good food, cheap, and lots of it", here's one. The Chinese restaurant at the back of the Great Wall Grocery store on Whitney Avenue in New Haven.
There are about four tables, so figure on take out.
Don't go unless you're there during lunch of dinner,
when the steam table is open. Dinner is as follows: a
large scoop of white rice and four items from the steam
table (of about twelve items), in a styrofoam container
(I know, not p.c.) with tea for $5.00 or so. Lunch is
about a buck cheaper, but has, I think, only three
If you are not Asian, you may be the only non-Asian in
the place. Don't bother asking what you're getting,
just point. The food is not designed for American
tastes, we're not talking General Tsao's here. Fried fish still boned, absolutely great sticky rice, garlic
vegetables, gingered beef muscle. Most of the cuts are
gristled. This is Chinese soul food.
Assuming that you're significant other is not eating
with you, be prepared for the sofa. Lots of garlic.
Enjoy. I'll be interested in your comments.