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Decent Chinese (or other delivery) Tyson's area

wayne keyser Dec 22, 2006 01:39 AM

My missus is stuck in the culinary desert that is the Tyson's mega-office-plex. She's looking for order-in lunch options (Chinese or other), and wouldn't mind a decent destination.

Her definition of "decent" isn't houndish - General Tso's Chicken is a bit exotic for her - but where can she turn for something that's not just plain dreadful?

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    Chownut RE: wayne keyser Dec 22, 2006 02:07 AM

    Get some lettuce wraps from PF Changs over at the Galleria. Their mongolian beef isn't bad either, and their hot and sour soup is pretty good.

    1. Meg RE: wayne keyser Dec 22, 2006 12:49 PM

      Oriental Regency has always been excellent, not China Star quality but damn good for Tysons. I assume they deliver. I wouldn't recommend anything from PF Changs even for someone who's not houndish, but JMO.

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      1. re: Meg
        rcheng RE: Meg Dec 22, 2006 01:06 PM

        I definitely second the Oriental Regency. It's the best Chinese in the immediate Tyson's area. I was there the other night and the place was packed with Asians (which is a good sign). Most of the Asian families were ordering very interesting dishes (I definitely saw some sea cucumbers being brought out). We had ordered the Peking duck, which was very good. A steamed cod fish with soy bean paste sauce, which is excellent and one of my favorites. It's 2 cod fish steaks that are steamed and served in a chafing dish with a very savory soy bean paste sauce, which has a nice crunch to it as well. We also had the beef chow foon, which was not good. It was very bland, but tasted better when we put some of the bean paste sauce (that came with the fish) over it.

        In the downtown McLean area, there is a Forbidden City restuarant that has the best Chinese in the downtown McLean area. It's now a small delivery/carry out place.

        1. re: rcheng
          MikeR RE: rcheng Dec 22, 2006 02:54 PM

          Good to hear about Oriental Regency. That used to be a regular stop for me and my Sunday evening dinner friends, but we ate there a couple of times after they changed hands about two years ago and were disappointed so haven't been back. In fact, just last Sunday I suggested that we give it another try, and was voted down by a lack of enthusiasm.

          Whenever we go Chinese, one guy always orders crispy beef (sometimes called crispy sesame beef, or what Peking Gourmet Inn calls Szechuan Beef Proper) and if he doesn't like the way a restaurant makes that, it gets the axe.

          I'll have to tell him that recent Chowhound reports have been favorable and maybe that'll convince him to give it a try again. But he sure won't touch sea cucumber. <g>

          1. re: MikeR
            Chownut RE: MikeR Dec 22, 2006 04:16 PM

            Oriental Regency sounds like a great choice for a chowhound, but keep in mind that Wayne said his wife thinks General Tso's is exotic, so keep that in mind when talking about sea cucumbers and cod with black bean sauce....that's why I recommended something more American scrubbed like PF's.

            1. re: Chownut
              rcheng RE: Chownut Dec 24, 2006 04:44 AM

              With this in mind, the I would recommend considering the Forbidden City in downtown McLean. It's a little take out place and I like the following dishes there:
              - Sesame Shrimp
              - Crispy Shrimp with Walnut
              - Shredded Pork or Beef or Chicken with Dry Bean Curd
              - Crispy Shredded Beef In Spicy Sauce

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