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Melanie Wong | Dec 17, 200304:27 PM     9

A few fridays ago, my internet connection went down and I rushed off with laptop in hand searching for WiFi. I'd remembered that Venture Frogs in the AMC on Van Ness had advertised free WiFi.

The restaurant doesn't open until noon, so I sat on the steps and used the signal until opening time. I asked my Asian waitress for guidance on the lunch menu, (http://www.vfrogs.com/restaurant/lunc...), and she recommended the tangerine beef. Maybe this is the best thing to order here, but what a terrible lunch! Served in a laquer lunch box, the beef was unbelievably sweet and over-tenderized. The pieces of red and green peppers mixed in were not bad, if you wiped the sticky sauce off on the rice. The tossed salad was soggy and standing in 1/3" of water that rinsed off any flavor or dressing (I used the markings on the end of my pen to take depth readings). The very average miso soup was edible, likewise the orange slice.

Interestingly, this restaurant came in #2 for Best Chinese in the 2003 Citysearch readers poll, to give you an idea of the difference between the readership of Chowhound and Citysearch.

This ordeal cost me $7.95 (an upcharge for the soup). On the other hand, I had free WiFi until 4:30pm when they shoo'd me out to set up for dinner service, so maybe not a bad trade. I did stop off to get a cookie on the way home since my lunch was so light.

Is there anything on the menu that a chowhound would be willing to eat the next time I'm in an ISP pinch?

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