The Lotus in Mooresville, NC
We live in Salisbury, and used to think nothing of driving to Mooresville just to eat at the Lotus. It's not fancy, just your usual Chinese restaurant, but the food was outstanding. We hadn't been in a couple of years, and last night we decided to go.
It has really gone downhill. There were four of us. We ordered 2 apps and a side dish of fried rice, then each got their own entree. I ordered Mu Shu Pork, and the "chinese pancakes" seemed to be nothing but commercially prepared flour tortillas. The plum sauce was incredibly bitter. Someone else ordered scallion chicken, which was passable, but not great, and I didn't taste the other two entrees. The pan fried dumplings weren't good either.
As always, the service was top notch. The waiters were friendly and attentive. But the food is no longer up to its previous wonderful standards.