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"Chinese" Food

johnoside Jul 14, 2007 10:09 AM

I am from the northeast originally, and love living in San Diego. Lately, I hve been craving the so-called Chinese food that I grew up with in New England: greasy pork fried rice (no peas or carrots), boneless spareribs, beek teriyaki, chicken fingers, followed by those tropical drinks: headhunter, scorpion bowls, suffering bastards . . . Does anyone know a place like this in the San Diego (north county) area. There must be another New England transplant here . . .

Thanks in advance.

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    bennyboy1 RE: johnoside Jul 16, 2007 11:10 AM

    Big chowhound tip...always say where in your subject line.

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      clayfu RE: johnoside Jul 16, 2007 11:18 AM

      beef teriyaki is japanese.

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        ricepad RE: clayfu Jul 16, 2007 12:21 PM

        I thought it was a typo for "beak"...maybe from those fingered chickens!

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        ladron RE: johnoside Jul 16, 2007 04:43 PM

        Not north county, but China Inn in Pacific Beach is exactly that kind of place.

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          johnoside RE: johnoside Jul 16, 2007 07:56 PM

          China Inn. Thanks. I will give it a shot. Yeah, I know teriyaki is Japanese; this is just some of the fod that we grew up calling "Chinese Food". I guess they are more like appetizers, and probably closer to Polynesian. In fact, mst of the places were called "Chinese Food and Polynesian Lounge". By the way, chicken fingers are just tempra battered chicken. Thanks again.

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            mikec RE: johnoside Jul 17, 2007 11:03 AM

            If you're looking for something "Polynesian" (I assume something like a Trader Vic's), there's Bali Hai on Shelter Island and Mr. Tiki Mai Tai Lounge in the gaslamp. Bali Hai is touristy and has been around for over thirty years. Mr. Tiki is relatively new and part of the Cohn restaurant group (so your low expectations on food may be met...). I wouldn't recommend either unless someone was specifically asking for something kitschy like a Trader Vic's.

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              Josh RE: mikec Jul 17, 2007 11:49 AM

              Mr. Tiki was pretty good when they first opened. They've since gone downhill.

            2. re: johnoside
              Katdiego RE: johnoside Jul 19, 2007 09:56 AM

              China Inn has very good crispy beef.

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