We visited the Hunan Lion on S. Lamar on Sunday night and had a really tasty meal. My husband said it was the best Chinese food he's had since he's left Connecticut, which has a restaurant he is convinced has the best Chinese food on the East Coast.
The restaurant is tucked back in the Brodie Shopping Center behind Fuddruckers. There were very few people there, which probably has a lot to do with the location. I believe the place has been open for over 20 years though I'm not sure it has always been in the same spot. The waiter said they get their big crowds at lunch and on Monday - Wednesday nights.
The Jasmine tea was warm and delicious and our server was very nice. We ordered the Crab Ragouts for an appetizer - which I know as Crab Rangoons, but anyway, they were a little lacking in crab tast but overall I thought they were good. For our entrees we ordered orange beef - which my husband thought was great, and I ordered the mu shu pork. The mu shu pork was absolutely wonderful and reminded me of a wonderful little Chinese restaurant I used to visit in my hometown when I was a teenager. I have always tried to find similar mu shu pork, and now I have! The fried rice is where they went wrong, as it was a little dry and needed a dash of soy sauce. I'd venture to guess the a pork or chicken fried rice would be better than the plain veggie fried rice.
I just wanted to share my new find with my Chowhound friends. I am NO Chinese food expert but I like good food and this place fit the bill. :)