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Baltimore: Good Chinese takeout/delivery

poached Mar 2, 2008 04:42 PM

looking for recommendations for good Chinese take out and/or delivery. (delivers to the Charles village area). I'm hoping something new has popped up/missed my radar because I'm disappointed in the offerings lately. We typically order delivery from Asian Taste in Hampden-nice people but the flavors are often bland. If we pick it up we typically go to Cafe Zen, I like this place but want to see if there are other options.
Other places we have tried;
Can't stand Orient Express(st.paul)-sloppy food.
Paul Chens (st.paul)- use to order from there haven't in a long time. just OK

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    elgringoviejo Mar 6, 2008 07:20 PM

    When I lived in Chuck Village, I went to Kirby's Szechuan on South Charles street. Thought it was worth the trip then, and I think it might still be worth the short drive.

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      amyatkendall Mar 6, 2008 01:16 PM

      I know this sounds crazy, but we're actually quite fond of Pacific Carryout in Mount Vernon. They do deliver to Charles Village. It's the best Chinese food I've had in Baltimore and has the virtue of being next to the Baskin Robbins (and the bail bonds place, come to think about it) :)

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        matt8313 Mar 6, 2008 07:21 PM

        Is that the place next to Yung's? I always loved Yung's when I lived down that way -- their lo mein with general tso's chicken in it was phenomenal greasy food after a night of boozing.

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          amyatkendall Mar 7, 2008 05:18 AM

          They're the same restaurant, LOL. I meant to say Yungs. Honestly I was beginning to despair over the Chinese food in Baltimore after moving to Mount Vernon from Chicago until I found Yung's :) My husband calls it "The bail bonds Chinese place" - Pacific Carryout also does a good Philly cheesesteak. They also never seem to close.

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            matt8313 Mar 7, 2008 12:21 PM

            The never closing is the main thing I remember. I think they delivered until something like 4 in the morning. (NOTE: This is probably an exaggeration.)

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        Trencher man Mar 4, 2008 08:52 AM

        I live in Charles Village and the ONLY place for decent Chinese is Paul Chen's Hong Kong Restaurant (2426 North Charles Street-across from the Safeway). It's not incredible Chinese, but it's quite decent and definitely a cut above the average carry out place, especially in Baltimore. You can eat-in, carry-out, or they deliver.

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          maddogg280 Mar 3, 2008 04:43 AM

          Joey Chiu's in Greenspring Station has good food. They don't deliver to Charles village, but the trip up I-83 JFX can be short if you don't go at rush hour.
          I've heard some good thinks about No.1 Chinese Kitchen at Roland and 40 St., but not tried it personally. They do deliver- it might be worth a try.

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            poached Mar 3, 2008 01:47 PM

            I haven't tried either- I'll give them a whirl and report back

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              matt8313 Mar 3, 2008 07:33 PM

              I live very close to No. 1 -- they're adequate last-minute takeout at best, and generally much worse. (Joey Chiu's I found to be a bit pricey and heavy on the cornstarch, but I've only been once.)

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                tartuffe Mar 4, 2008 09:34 AM

                No 1 is acceptable at best--but that makes it better than anything else in the area. why is there no good Chinese in Bmore?

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                  RichardCrystal Mar 5, 2008 06:17 AM

                  This is Lutherville but Szechuan House on Seminary Ave has always been good. As far as Joey Chiu's goes, I don't think it's all that spectacular. Maybe because I've worked across the street and have OD'd on Joey Chiu's in the last 11 years! They DO have an awesome Sunday brunch.
                  Trencher man: Is that the same place that was formerly some sort of Chinese & sushi buffet a while back?

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                    Trencher man Mar 6, 2008 12:23 PM

                    I've lived in Charles Village for 6 years and it's always been Paul Chen's. They do have a lunch buffet which I've been to once (very hung over) and it was decent. I don't think they have sushi. I pretty much just get carry out, which, as I said, is quite good.

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            matt8313 Mar 3, 2008 03:27 AM

            I've grown to really like Jumbo Seafood in Pikesville. Nothing earth-shattering, but very solid Chinese-American food. (It's the chinese restaurant in Baltimore that most reminds me of what we ate growing up in Rockville, where it seemed like every Chinese restaurant was better-than-average.) They don't deliver and they're a bit of a hike, but it's not much farther time-wise than Cafe Zen and I think the food is vastly superior.

            Website: http://www.jumboseafoodpikesville.com/

            1. ko1 Mar 2, 2008 06:21 PM

              Good luck. Sigh.

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