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Zen Mei Bistro on Alpine/Yale: good value


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Zen Mei Bistro on Alpine/Yale: good value

broncosaurus | Apr 22, 2007 06:54 AM

I've been going here for years. It's sort of like the Chinese version of Sapp Coffee House: unpretentious service, large portions, generally good versions of various cantonese and other offerings served quickly if sometimes chaotically. Plus a free plate of unpeeled shrimp with orders over $20. It's a popular place among local families, Chinese and non-Chinese.

Went today with 5 people and fed them for $41 sans tip but including a few sodas. The clams in black bean, sweet and sour pork, pan fried whole flounder, fried shrimp, pork-fried rice, and chicken chow mein plus the salty head-on shrimp, big bowl of chicken bone/broth soup and orange slices (in lieu of tapioca)...these last all gratis btw...filled us nicely.

Don't go if you expect dancing girls, the Mona Lisa on the wall, or waitstaff patting you on the head in bowing supplication. Expect friendly smiles and good value for your hard-earned green paper.

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