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Gold Stone-Authentic Chinese in Providence


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Gold Stone-Authentic Chinese in Providence

Dinsdale45 | Nov 7, 2010 05:04 AM

A couple of CH'ers pointed this place out in another thread, but it probably deserves it's own. Given the dearth of above average Chinese in RI, this place is a real find. It's a tiny hole-in-the-wall joint on Allens Ave, with about 5 small tables. It looks like it caters to the chicken wing and pork fried rice crowd, but if you look hard-and ask, there are some interesting menu options. I ordered a spicy chicken dish, and told them I wanted "ma la". I got "ma la" (other restaurants often don't take me seriously or don't know what I'm talking about). I also tried cumin chicken and Shanghai noodles. I asked the owner and another Asian gentleman at the counter for any other recommendations, and I got a beef and potato dish, that was almost black in color, along with some special fried rice with pickled Chinese vegetables. Everything was well-prepared and flavorful. The cumin chicken was good but maybe a notch below some of the Sichuan places in MA. The beef/potato dish was unusual but very good. I think there was a good amount of black vinegar used. The rice was a nice twist I hadn't seen before and the noodles were decent, too. The menu isn't that extensive, but I wonder if there are more authentic dishes that are prepared for Chinese customers. Portions were large, and prices were reasonable. Well worth a trip for anyone who craves something more exciting that meat and celery in brown sauce. I hope they do well.

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