We have had electrical issues at work the last few days -- no fun. On Saturday while we were waiting for the lights to go back on (they never did) the discussion turned to hamburgers. I've been craving a good one lately (DH has gone back on the vegetarian wagon and is refusing to have red meat in the house). So someone mentioned they had seen the signs for Five Guys up on Craig (near Losee, kitty-korner from the Cannery). This is close enough to my office that a reconnaisance seemed in order. Unfortunately, Five Guys is not yet open there; maybe another two weeks from the looks of things. But as I was driving by I happened to notice a sign that said "Now Open, Pasta China." It seemed like as good an alternative as any.
This is a very unusual restaurant that has the look and feel of a fast food chain but is apparently family-owned. It is casual and CHEAP. The most expensive items on the menu are six bucks (several shrimp dishes), and a filling meal can be have for under five. So definitely a place to keep on the lunch rotation. It is strictly an order-at-the counter, paper plate kind of place.
As the name implies, the menu includes both "Italian" and "Chinese" items, and some listed as "fusion." The fusion were the most interesting to me. The nice kid at the counter recommended the Pasta China, and if I figure they named the restaurant after the dish its probably a specialty. And a good one: exactly as the menu describes: Stir fried spaghetti with Chinese Sausage, BBQ pork, chicken and veggies. The veggies are mostly cabbage and onions, which was fine with me, as I love both. The Chinese sausage and BarBQ pork were especially tasty, and the serving was generous. It was made perfect with a little bit of hot chili oil added. BTW, the spaghetti was perfectly al dente. Now, this dish is 4 dollars on the menu, and it comes with a small salad (romaine dressed with creamy ceasar) and two pieces of pesto bread, all served on the same plate. (The bread was delicious: basically garlic bread topped with some pesto).
I started with a Pepperoni and Sausage eggroll, mainly because I felt that at four dollars for the main course it had to be a small serving (it wasn't :-) and I was worried I would be hungry. Exactly as it sounds, think of a large frozen pizza roll with marina sauce. Forgettable. The counter kid did try to stir me to the Egg Roll Cannoli instead, but I wasn't in the mood for sweets. Next time I'll listen.
If you want a tasty quick meal for very little money, and your wanderings take you to that part of town, you can't go wrong. Spaghetti Meat Sauce with bread and the small salad for 3 dollars? It can't last at that price. I say check it out while its still a steal. Pasta China is on East Craig, just south of Losee.
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