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Eating "Chinese" in Athens, GA

Can you find real, non-Americanized (ie General Gau/Tzo, Peking Chicken, Kung Pao, etc.) "Chinese" food in Athens, GA? I mean the cuisines of different regions of China, including Taiwanese, as opposed to the crap served at most of the Chinese restaurants here. I know Athens won't come close to San Fran, New York, or even Boston, but there has to be some dishes that shine. Or am I SOL?

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  1. i dont know, the only asian place i really eat at is doc cheys, and occasionally at that place at the corner of college and broad, when i dont have much time and feel like ingesting a lot of msg

    1. Bad news: you gotta go to Atlanta, as far as I know. I think you and I have discussed that before? My favorite place is Little Szechuan on Buford Hwy.

      Good news: my buddy Kong, who owns L.S., is thinking seriously of opening a second location, here in Athens. Awesome food, and I hope it happens.

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      1. re: uptown jimmy

        I had figured maybe with the recent number of Athens posters, someone would know about a good dish or two. Oh well, Atlanta it is.

        1. re: Dax

          Looks like it's time to make that trip to Marietta for the Tasty China experience.

          1. re: offtheeatenpath

            Oh it's been scheduled. Maybe this weekend.

      2. There are no good chinese restaurants in Athens.
        For chinese American my favorite is Chef Ming's next to the Kroger by Home Depot. I also will eat the chinese offering at Thai of Athens on Broad.
        Yes there are a number of Athens Chow hounds Perhaps we should all meet for diner some time o rperhjaps a pot luck if we can cok as well as eat at restaurants. I belong to several "gourmet" Pot luck groups. In fact, we are making a Marti Gras meal this Saturday with one group

        1. I've heard rumors that, if you go with someone who speaks the language, you might be able to get real Chinese at the Eastside Peking, but I haven't known any Chinese people to take me to check it out.

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          1. re: hillarybrown

            This is a tale oft told in major cities. I read the San Fran threads, having lived there years ago, and because I visit whenever possible. It is frequently metioned that it is almost impossible to convince a server at any Chinese restaurant to show you "The Secret Menu" unless you are Chinese. They actually have different menus for their Chinese customers. No matter how you insist, they won't serve you the real deal.

          2. I would go to a place my stepdad and I just found near the Mall of GA. It's run by a crew from Hong Kong and you can literally pick which fish you want to eat from the nearby tanks! Anything that offers sizzling frog legs as an entree must be authentic! they also have big steamers of clay pots with all kinds of seafood or meat with veggies... At the end of th emeal, they gave us their version of a dessert - red bean soup with sugar. I'll have to check out the name and get back to ya.

            1. there are NO good asian restaurants in athens. sorry.

              1. Is it Peking Restaurant near Georgia Square Mall in Athens? Thanks. It sounds like authentic Cantonese Chinese food. Do they have DIM SUM ?

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                1. re: dcheung

                  Peking is not near the mall, and the food it serves is far from authentic Cantonese. They do not serve Dim Sum.

                  And the food is not good. At all.

                  1. re: uptown jimmy

                    I believe Peking is owned by Koreans. It has fair (not good) Chinese-American food. The one on the west side is better but not much better. Of all of them I like Chef Mings next door to Kroger by the Home Depot on Epps bridge Parkway the best but it is not great. Saturday I drove 70 miles to Tasty China off of I-75 on Loop 120. That was worth the trip

                2. Do you know which restaurant was RAHARRIS talking about on Feb 26, 2007. The one near Mall of GA ?

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                  1. re: dcheung

                    The Mall of Georgia is in Buford, GA, near Gwinnett/Lawrenceville. The Georgia Square Mall, in Athens, is a wasteland. Well, except has anyone tried the Middle Eastern (I forget which country exactly) place next to Play-It-Again Sports?

                    1. re: Dax

                      It's pretty good, for the most part. I worked for Joradanian friends in SF years ago and know M.E. food pretty well. He's trying really hard, but it's touch and go. He'll sometimes micro the pita too much, to the point of hardness, but he makes good food for the most part. He works too hard for too little pay in this darned town.

                      He serves Layes chips with lunch, which is silly, but the hummous and bobba are VERY tasty. He serves the best dolma I've ever had, period. So tender and tasty.

                      1. re: uptown jimmy

                        Second on the dolmeh. They're incredible.

                      2. re: Dax

                        Thanks for the clarification. For any one interested, I found a Cantonese chinese restaurant that serve fresh (live) seafood in IRMA, SC, which is a suburb NW of Columbia, SC. Its name is Sung Ming. They have special menu in Chinese characters. I tried it, it is very good.

                        1. re: dcheung

                          The name of the town is actually Irmo not Irma. I grew up there and moved to Athens about 2 years ago.

                          They have a yearly festival celebrating Okra called the Okra Strut.

                          1. re: dcheung

                            I for got to mention that Sun Ming is right near my parent's house and is very very good. I didn't know that it was authentic or even noticed the chinese characters, but the food is incredibly good.

                            1. re: dcheung

                              hey dude! I currently live in charleston, sc and I think the town is IRMO, not IRMA...

                            2. re: Dax

                              The name of the place is "The Sultan" My wife loves the place, I do not. The dolmens are good. The salads are iceberg with vinegar. The Hummus is a little watery and I do not like his babaganoush. The meats are often a little burnt or over done. It's far better than Gyro wrap which makes it the best Middle East restaurant in Athens. The owner is a doll and I enjoy the interaction with him. He used to be a brasserie engineer (believe it or not) and I am glad he is making the effort to bring some different food to Athens. The Middle East music satellite feed is different to say the least. I find it annoying at times but it is something you do not see or hear every day. I wish the food was more reliable but it beats driving to Atlanta.

                              1. re: Dax

                                I just went back to athens a couple of weeks ago and saw that new Med restaurant in there. I thought it looked cute (and was shocked at the changes to that lil' strip mall... and even more surprised that a Mediterr. restaurant went in there) and popped my head in. The owner seemed nice and it seemed like the kinda place that the nearby business people and "regulars" might go to, but I wasn't impressed with the menu. Very normal/average Mediterranean.... geared toward being Americanized. Maybe I'm just spoiled after traveling to Greece...?

                              2. re: dcheung

                                HEY DCHEUNG! Sorry it took me so long to get back to the blog about this, but the restaurant is called
                                EAST PEARL Chinese and Seafood Restaurant
                                1810 Liddell Ln (Cross Street: Crestwood Parkway NW)
                                Duluth, GA 30096
                                I've read other reviews of it and agree that the atmosphere/ decor is probably not very authentic to China, but the food and Dim Sum comes highly recommended. It's probably the best Chinese you'll find around the area.