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Report On Chop Suey Cafe (old Far East Cafe Location)

Chandavkl | Jul 21, 2006 08:19 PM

Walking into the Chop Suey Cafe was certainly like walking into a time warp with the same booth/dividers from the old Far East Cafe and only enough new fixtures to satisfy current building code requirements. Foodwise, one thing needs to be made clear. This is not an attempt to serve the same food that was offered at the Far East Cafe. Besides the new wave/fusion salads and burgers, even many of the "traditional" dishes on the short menu at Chop Suey Cafe are not items that Far East Cafe served, including orange chicken, kung pao shrimp, cashew chicken, and almond duck. (I know because I saved the take out menu from my last visit to Far East Cafe in 1984.) What they do serve is a variety of stereotypical Americanized Chinese food. As far as the food itself is concerned, we had the house special chow mein and the pressed almond duck. The chow mein was OK--thick noodles like the old days, heavy on the vegetables, but there was something modern tasting about the dish. The almond duck was kind of bland and is not nearly as good as the same dish at Paul's Kitchen. At $7.95 for the chow mein and $8.95 for 10 or 12 small squares of duck, this isn't the greatest food bargain either. I'd recommend that everybody go here once for the experience, but unless you have peculiar culinary tastes, I don't think you'll be back a second time.

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