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Richmond - Golden Star Café - $6.45 three-course dinner with beverage

rworange | May 3, 200612:26 AM

Soup: Bowl of house-made minestrone with Keebler saltine cracker packets

Entrée: Two large, thin, fried pork chops, house-made Parker House rolls, rice with gravy, succotash

Dessert: Black walnut ice cream

Beverage: Fresh brewed ice tea with fresh lemon wedge

If I had ordered the liver and onions, three courses would have been $5.55. The big ticket items were the halibut at $7.25 or the sirloin steak at $8.95. Most dinners were in the $6 range.

I posted earlier about this Chinese-American restaurant that serves soul food. It seems this Chinese restaurant has always served soul food to cater to the neighborhood tastes. New owners bought the place and are working with the owner who is retiring. They plan on keeping the Chinese food while adding to the soul food menu.

Right now the soul food items are limited to the daily specials like oxtails, baked turkey wings, and short ribs. By mid-July the new owners are planning to add corn bread, black-eyed-peas, gumbo, etc.

The restaurant I was told is busiest for breakfast and lunch. By the time I stopped by for dinner, the specials were sold out, as were the mashed potatoes. I got the last roll.

The food was coffee shop quality. It may or may not be Chowhound food. It is hard to tell since the popular dishes sold out. However, it certainly was a good value for the price and the food, if not fancy, was bright and fresh.

The soup was a little light in the broth but was chock full of fresh celery, carrots, onions, and tasty tiny white beans with a few pieces of beef and tomato. I would think of it more as vegetable soup than minestrone, but it was good.

The tea was fresh brewed and good. The roll was very good. The rice topped with light gravy was also fresh and the gravy tasty. Only the succotash was of the forgettable canned variety.

I liked that there were other flavors of ice cream available in addition to vanilla, chocolate and strawberry. Besides the black walnut, there was banana nut ice cream too. Yhere was the option of jello with whipped cream.

Soup changes daily. Friday is clam chowder. There is an option of salad instead of soup.

This restaurant has been in business for 30 years and I can see the appeal of good value for the price. Not a lot has been done for the décor. There’s a long lunch counter, orange booths, and a second room with tables.

The vibes I was getting was that when the new owners take over this could either be very, good or take a big dive. It is unlikely to remain as is. The Chinese owner is still there and a really nice guy who always has his eye on what is going on. He was very enthusiastic when he mentioned the oxtails and the short ribs. He said they were the most popular items.

The place had a steady stream of people for take-out of Chinese food. The lunch specials, hours and address are in the previous post linked below.

I might not go out of my way, but if in the immediate area it is a good choice for a reasonable meal and there could possibly be some winners on the specials menu. I certainly will be checking back in July.

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