Last night, dh and I found ourselves in unusual territory - the NorthWest side of Phoenix. I spent the day at a seminar at the Sheraton Crescent on Dunlap, where I had perhaps the worst hamberger I've ever eaten while he did his twice weekly afternoon of being a pool shark. (What can I say? He's retired and the gambling pays his gasoline bill.) After considering my foul mood and queezy stomach from the burger, he suggested dinner out.
Now, I've said my piece about the challenges of finding chow in NW Phoenix. Too many times, I suspect. I consider myself properly whooped upside the head if Silver Dragon is any example of what's now available in the NW.
The place is plain, old style semi-circle red leather-like booths, with formica tables. I am immediately reminded of our weekly visit to Wayne Wong's when I was a child. Fondly reminded. We make sure we get BOTH menus - the standard American Chinese and the real menu. We order a plate of potstickers. Now, I've had potstickers in Chinatown in four cities and China. I've yet to find a Phoenix location that manages to not fry them to the point of crunchy or dry. These were perfectly cooked, though the filling was a bit plainer than I like. Still, add a little hot oil and vinegar and we were happy campers. An order of 8 for six-something and we considered them a bargain.
We ordered only two entree's after this, both off the chinese menu. Black pepper beef short ribs and BBQ pork Chow Fun. The sauce on the short ribs was amazing-more like a black bean sauce, tons of garlic, still crunchy chunks of onion and green pepper. the beef was tender as all get out, much of it still barely on the bone. This was lick the plate food.
The chow fun was another standout, for once with al dente noodles rather than soft mushy things that once resembled a noodle. Perfectly seasoned, and the BBQ was very good. A huge serving, with leftovers to take home for lunch today.
This place even has tasty fortune cookies. The only problem with Silver Dragon is that it's too far from my East Valley home. However, the take out menu has been stashed in dh's car for the next afternoon he spends in the pool hall.
8946 N. 19th Ave, Phoenix
19th Ave & Dunlap
(note the sign on the door says they will be closed for a week over the 4th of July Holidays, so call if you thinking of visiting around then.)