Have an opportunity to visit one of these this weekend. I was all for Sichuan Gourmet (I have not been to the suburban locations BTW) but some confusion over the name revealed the existence of Sichuan Garden, which I see on this board has in the past been rated highly.
The recent Sichuan Gourmet: Lucky Brookline thread has some people rating Garden more highly.
For a first visit we would probably be going for dan dan noodles, ma po tofu, whatever the variant of dry fried chicken with chili peppers is called (e.g. Chongqing), some green vegetables. Pretty mainstream I guess, though we are cooking a lot from the Fuchsia Dunlop book right now and getting new perspectives on these dishes (beyond even Zoe's which I rate highly and eat from often).
What do you reckon would be our best choice for a full-on experience?
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