The Wok, a Chinese restaurant in Wellesley, has been serving very pedestrian Chinese food to its very suburban customers for as long as I can remember (probably at least 25 years). One thing I've always respected about The Wok, however, is the freshness and quality of the ingredients they use. So even if their menu isn't all that exciting, we do end up there with some regularity.
Tonight I was at The Wok with my six-year-old, and I decided to ask them to make me something spicy. I simply told our waitress (Anita) to make me a pork dish (I didn't specify which one) very, very spicy. She told me she'd take care of me, and 15 minutes later she brought me a wonderful, and wonderfully spicy, twice cooked pork, a fairly common Szechuan dish, but one that isn't even on The Wok's menu. It was delicious -- as good, or better, than the versions I get at the venerable Grand Sichuan in NYC -- and very spicy (I believe that I have a very high tolerance, and I was working up a sweat).
I now am looking forward to the next time my daughter demands that we go to The Wok.