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Mar 21, 2007 11:10 AM

Little Q Hot Pot

Anyone been to the Little Q Hot Pot in Quincy yet? A friend wants to go for her birthday and even though we're looking for an inexpensive place, this just doesn't seem to have the fun ambiance we're looking for. Comments?

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  1. Lots of good comments for the food. Probably not the place for a "happening" b-day dinner.

    1. I've been intrigued by it as well, but the ambience is more like a cafeteria than a true restaurant, so I've walked past it to other places in the center. I have heard it's great food though.

      1. The food is outstanding, without a doubt. Very fresh, very authentic. As for atmosphere, it depends on what you're into - fun's where you find it. It is brightly lit and loud. The tables are formica and there can be lots of families w/small kids. If you're looking for hip 'n' happening, it's not your spot. That said, it's one of our favorite restaurants.

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        1. re: gansu girl

          Go! the food is wonderful! And the folks there are super nice.

          The atmosphere is entirely lacking--but you could have drinks first at Fuji 1456 (maybe an app), then Little Q for a delicious and unusual dinner, then off to Alba Bar and Grill for post-prandials and music.

          What birthday fun!

          1. re: SeaSide Tomato

            Thanks for all the feedback! Hey, if the birthday girl wants to go here-we'll go here. And since food is the most important part of the celebration it sounds like we'll be in good hands!

        2. If your friend wants to go, I'm sure you will have a great time. Once you settle in, the experience and food are unique. The reason for the formica is best appreciated at the end of the meal, as a certain amount of the delicious broth winds up on the counter or tables, and the staff is scrupulous about keeping things clean. The scallion pancakes are very good, and the atmosphere can be convivial and soothing at the same time. If you want to hedge your bets, I think SeaSide Tomato has great ideas for a complete birthday package. It is great to have so many good choices nearby. Let us know how it works out!

          1. I went a few months ago and enjoyed it. Definitely right on about the cafeteria feel. But I've been craving that thinly sliced beef and delicious broth. My only problem is that I'm not into the Chinese vegetables that are on the menu. Their mixed vegetables side equals a plate of huge green leaves. I think it would be nice to have the option of ordering peppers, onions, carrots, broccoli, etc.

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            1. re: Joshua B

              If you like broccoli, the Chinese broccoli tastes exactly the same, it's just a different shape. If you asked, I bet they could put together a plate for you of some other types of veggies.

              1. re: mwk

                Hmmm yeah I've had it but I really like my familiar broccoli. :-)

                I did asked them to do that (make me up a traditional U.S. veggie plate) but they couldn't. They said they didn't have those veggies.

                1. re: Joshua B

                  I went to Little Q Friday night and had a better experience. Although the waitress couldn't help me too much with veggie choices (I told her I didn't want to order any leaves but I was open to trying Chinese vegetables...she didn't stop me from ordering the baby bok choy). I also ordered pea sprouts and corn on the cob. When I saw the bok choy was large leaves, I asked the waitress to have it cut. So it was brought back cut in half.

                  Of course, it was a lot of fun and I'll be back soon. I just crave that thin sliced beef cooked in the delicious broth.