Went to today, met friends with kid.
We had 1/2 shandong PaJi - the stewed and cut up chicken, served warm. Redolent of star anise and cinammon(cassia) and other flavors, tasty.
One cold plate, cucumbers. Decent.
The best thing is still the beef roll, think burrito with a flour tortilla, homemade on the griddle in the back, wrapped with cilantro, scallions and a sauce similar to tianmianjiang, but different, a 'WARMER" taste.
Then we got some shuijiao, boiled dumplings. The selections have grown. All orders come with 10 dumplings. The three-flavor was interesting but we all weren't that adventurous today (sea cucumber, crab and hen's egg), so we had two orders. You can order a Mixed plate - any two kinds, so one order was pumpkin with shrimp (nangua xia jiao) and chinese sour cabbage, like a sauerkraut, with pork (suan baicai jiao). The second order was half spinach with shrimp dumplings (bocai xia jiao) and yellow leeks/chinese chive with meat (jiuhuang rou jiao).
And an order of the house bread (chang jia bing) no sesame unlike the muslim bread, just a soft thick wheaten bready thing, which went well with the chicken. Two cokes and tea, about $34 before tip.
They're on Valley (s side) just west of New, in the same mall as the bowling alley (first complex west of the corner complex).
Old Chinese name was Yan WEi Ju (salty tastes 'joint'/establishment) which is the same as a place in Jinan. But not too many shandong types around here so now it's Lu Wei Ju (Shandong flavor establishment).