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Cheap E.V. Chinese takeout??

Since moving to Arizona over two years ago, I have yet to find a decent cheap, greasy, delicious Chinese takeout joint. I've found cheap and greasy... but that's it. I don't want PF Changs or a truly "authentic" place like some I've seen around Warner and Dobson. I just want to know where you all go when you want to treat yourself to some good 'bad' food....?

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  1. I'll be interested in the replies to this...as after seven years we haven't found a place we like. Like you we've just found lots of cheap and greasy so we've pretty much given up with regards to chinese takeout. Our last attempt was Red Dragon and we definitely don't recommend that.

    1. Over in Gilbert, we like Taste of China on Val Vista/Elliott, and Mei Xiang on Val Vista/Ray. =)

      1. NEC of Alma School and Elliott - China Way. Been there close to 20 years. Family run, clean, good, drive thru - let's you pay extra for all white meat on most chicken entrees if you want.


        1. One of my favorites for years has been a place called China Bowl on the SE corner of Alma School and Baseline. But I recently noticed that they've changed their name (to Dragon something-or-other), and I haven't been in yet since this happened, so I don't know if it's the same owners or not.

          1. I love real authentic Asian food, but I also have a warm spot in my heart for *chicken chow mein* like I used to get in cheap Chinese takeout joints in NY, NY. I don't know where to get that in Arizona. I also don't know where to get great noodles, like roast duck chow fun or chow mei fun, like they make em in the cheap noodle joints in Chinatown, like the late and lamented Hong Fat, or the still going strong walkdown dive, Wo Hop, on Mott Street.

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            1. re: werewolf

              Try Best Hong Kong Dining on 1116 S. Dobson Rd.,
              They have great Roast Duck and Pork...as well as a plethora of Noodle dishes....one of the most authentic I have found in AZ....VERY INEXPENSIVE!

              1. re: ciaogal

                I've been to Best Hong Kong many times, and I like the place, but their noodles dishes are not to be compared to NY Chinatown.

                1. re: ciaogal

                  on occasion a bit inconsistent but this is where we come for roast duck & roast pork as well per pops (born in canton, china & in the restaurant business - a good bit fine dining for 50+ years).

                  we also did have some incredible crunchy skin on the roast pork at china king.

              2. There's one I really liked when I was in the area, I think it was called Yoko, on the SE corner of Gilbert and Southern. It's on the far east end of the shopping center, facing Southern across the street from Target. It's been forever since I've been hungry in that part of town, but it's definitely worth hitting up.

                A friend of mine said that Kwan's Sampan on Gilbert and McKellips is good, but she isn't the most reliable person for chow tips. Still, it's been there for at least 20 years, I'd imagine it would have to be at least halfway decent to stick around for that long.

                Oooo, I just remembered! It's an EV hound's little secret place... Shangri-La on the SW corner of Alma School and Elliot. I've been going there for decades and they've never lost their touch. It's just outside what I would consider cheap eats (entrees are ~10 if my memory serves me correctly) but definitely a terrific value. If you eat in, sometimes they'll have a live piano player. My favorite item on the menu is the Peking Beef.

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                1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

                  Kwan's is one of the Best in Arizona IMO. I've been eating at this restaurant for about 20 years now. My favorites include beef egg foo yung, pork fried rice, sweet & sour pork, beef lo mein, and orange chicken. The orange chicken is different than you will get anywhere else but it is very good.

                2. I don't know if it's as "bad" as you'd like as it's pretty dang good, but for Americanized Chinese I would recommend Sun Chinese dining (used to be Lin Chinese Dining) on Knox and Alma School Rd., next to Saigon Pho. Delish hot and sour soup, "wonton crisps" with mustard and sweet and sour to start your meal, yummy kung pao. They also have a Chinese/Korean fusion menu including black bean sauce noodles, more "authentic" ethnic stuff.

                  1. I remember Lin's-- apparently now with a name change and Sangrila in Mesa used to be pretty good back in the day. How about Wang's (Ray & Day St) or Wong's Place (Baseline & McClintock)? They certainly serve some authentic dishes, but Wang's at least serves the basic American-Chinese grub-- fried rice, chow mein/lo mein, orange chicken, sweet & sour, egg rolls, etc. There was this really great place on Baseline and Kyrene awhile back that had great food... but they closed it and the last I knew, the owner went to work for Panda Express. Grrr...

                    If you don't mind other Asian style food besides Chinese, why not get some pho at Saigon Pho or Dragonfly (Southern & Dobson) or Cyclo, or some Thai food at Swaddee Thai (Ray & Rural) or Yupha's Kitchen (Elliot and Rural)? Or for something really different, try Chino Bandido (Chandler & Dobson). You can't go wrong with good bad foods from two cultures!

                    If you discover anything new you like, please share!