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Lins Chinese on Pico/Barrington

LesThePress | Aug 26, 200305:30 PM

We headed out to Chutney's on Pico for lunch, couldn't find a parking spot (@12:30pm), so ended up going down Pico (east) and found a spot a block away.

For some reason, we decided to try Lin's Chinese Cuisine just east of Chutney's. I've seen this place for a while, it looked clean ("A" rating) and inviting.
I always wanted to try it, so we switched at the last minute (second?).

What a pleasant surprise. 1st, there were many patrons, most table and booths were occupied, a very good sign. The lunch specials were very inexpensive: $3.45 for vegitarian dishes, $3.95 for chicken or chicken/beef combos, and $4.95 for fish and seafood. Soup, eggroll (too deeply fried for me so I left it), and rice (fried or steamed).

We ordered the Kung Pao San Yan and Orange Peel Shrimp
with hot/sour soup and fried rice.

Both were excellent dishes. The dishes included lots of (perfectly sauteed) chili peppers, onions, and meat (however, the San Yan only had 3 shrimp which was disappointing). The sauce in the orange peel shrimp was wonderful, especially mixed in with the rice. The rice was not spectacular, acutally kind of ordinary, but at least it wasn't greasy, which is a big turn off for me.

While this wasn't the 'best write home to everyone' Chinese food, one must take into consideration the price. With that factored in, we will be returning often anxious to try other dishes.

I thought the lunch special menu was somewhat limited, however, there were enough items that most everyone could find something they like.

All in all, an inexpensive enjoyable lunch experience.

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