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Aug 3, 2007 08:39 AM

Searching for decent Chinese on West side

Our favorite stop for Chinese has long been Great Wall on Camelback and 35th Ave. -- it's frequented by mostly Asian customers, and the menu is huge. Our frequently ordered dishes are the duck soup with fun noodles; pot stickers; ma po tofu; beef chow fun; orange chicken. Now Great Wall has been closed for "renovation" for about six weeks and we are going into withdrawal. (We have found that when restaurants close for "renovation" it often means that they will never return, but this restaurant does a huge business with the Asian community so we hold out hope that they will reopen someday.) Chandler is too far for us to travel at rush hour/dinnertime, and we have tried a number of other Chinese restaurants in the Glendale/Peoria area to no avail. The biggest disappointment was a little place in the same strip mall with Asiana grocery store, which we assumed would be good due to its proximity to actual Asian customers; however, this proved to be totally untrue.

Does anyone have any suggestions? I know someone will suggest Silver Dragon, but we had a truly awful meal there a couple of years ago and vowed never to return.

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  1. I've been living in the West Valley for a few years now and haven't found any really good Chinese restaurants in this part of the city.

    The food @ Great Wall is decent but the place is kind of filthy. If they are in fact renovating the place, that will be great.

    I agree w/ you that the food @ the place next to Asiana is not good.

    Abacus Inn (59th Ave/Beardsley) is decent...

    Golden Rice is a "fast casual" place that serves pretty decent food. Their chow fun is really good. Most of the more authentic "good" stuff is listed on a separate Chinese menu.

    Abacus Inn
    20329 N 59th Ave, Glendale, AZ 85308

    Golden Rice Express
    5835 W Thunderbird Rd, Glendale, AZ 85306

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    1. re: andyeats

      We stopped in at Abacus Inn for the first time this weekend, to pick up some take-out. Though I love Hope Kee for authentic Cantonese, I've been looking for a convenient place that offers the Asian-American dishes E likes, but has good preps of the Chinese dishes I like. We both thought this place fit the bill. Service was extremely friendly - I got to chat with Jacqueline at the hostess stand and talk to Noah the owner while I waited for my food.

      I ordered Ma-Po Bean Curd "extra extra spicy" and Yui-Shan Eggplant, and for E, the Shrimp with Lobster Sauce (aka Shrimp Cantonese). I don't usually like this dish as the East Coast version is a gloppy brown ground-pork sauce. The version here was very good, however, and we both enjoyed it - large shrimp in a light sauce with egg white, black beans and chunks of fresh red pepper and onion. My two dishes were tasty also, and the spicy ma po tofu was especially good drizzled with some of the extra chili oil they packed and sprinkled with fresh-ground Sichuan pepper that I had at home. The big bonus is they deliver to our area (Stetson Valley).

      1. re: Rubee

        Pic of leftovers for lunch today (eggplant and tofu):

    2. I'd suggest Super Dragon. It's different than Silver Dragon. We, too, didn't like Silver Dragon that much, but we really like Super Dragon.

      Super Dragon Restaurant
      1212 E Northern Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85020

      1. How about Wahsun, 8056 N. 19th Ave.? Saw their ad in the Chinese newspaper and it was quite good,

        1. Lately, I've been a fan of China Grill. It's kind of Americanized, but their food is done well.

          I haven't tried it myself, but I hear if you want authentic Hong Kong style cuisine, Hope Kee (the restaurant in the new Lee Lee) is the place to go.

          Hope Kee
          7575 W Cactus Road, Peoria, AZ 85381

          China Grill-Thunderbird Rd
          7518 W Thunderbird Rd Ste 3, Peoria, AZ 85381