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Xiao Long Bao at Wings & a rant against Champions

Dax | Oct 20, 2003 10:19 AM

Limster, you were right, the Xiao Long Bao at Wing's are better than those at Taiwan Cafe. The noodle "skin" is much thinner at Wing's. I would say the meat quantity and quality (pork) of both are relatively the same. I think the broth at TC's is as good, if not better than Wing's. The thing that stands out (aside from not having to chew the more doughy skin at TC's) most is the size. I would say Wing's are 2/3 the size as TC's and the ones at TC's were always just a bit too large to fit in my mouth comfortably especially when you bite in and the broth flows out. Not a problem with the one's at Wing's. $5 for 8. Can't wait to try Mary Chungs. With that said, the order of braised pork shanghai style was very bland and extremely fatty - ie more so than duck even. Service was excellent. They do serve beer.

Saturday I meant to take some friends to Taiwan Cafe but college football and beer had other intentions of waylaying me. While I was certainly not expecting any culinary delights, I must say that the food at the Champions in the Marriott is TERRRIBLE and expensive for what it is. Queso dip was some type of orange cheese (think soylent Orange) and stale bag chips. Then they were out of their "cajun" strips but had their regular chicken strips which were just frozen hunks of vaguely chickeny crap. The sauces included their "buffalo style" which was just franks red hot sauce. Man, I miss the Sports Depot. While they certainly weren't gourmet, you could get a decent pizza, burger, some actually very good pub-style sandwiches all with the immeasurable allure of the Pike/railroad track atmosphere.

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