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Sep 16, 2008 07:15 AM

What happened to Grand Chau Chow?

I heard that Grand Chau Chow has closed. I have been going there for many years. Does anyone know the story?? Where shall I go now?

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  1. I haven't heard anything on specifics, but according to a Yelper, their lease expired and they shut down. Not sure about the other Chau Chows...

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    1. re: hiddenboston

      Chau Chow City on Morrissey Blvd. in Dorchester is going strong. I've had dim sum there 3x in 4 days, so I'm doing my part to keep it open. There's parking, and you can get good ice cream afterwards about 100 yards away, at the Boston Ice Cream Factory. We like to head back north on Morrissey at the next rotary and eat the ice cream on the public boat launch -- don't try this with a low slung car -- it's a nice view of Dorchester Bay.

      Chau Chow does many things well, but the dim sum is blowing me away lately. A sweet & savory pork & plum pastry . . . the best shumai ever . . . and a chicken and scallion dumpling with a crispy skin.

      The place is so consistently busy, I've been wondering if Grand Chau Chow could possibly be doing better. Maybe it wasn't.

    2. Wait wait. Ok, clarify. Are we talking Chau Chow SEAFOOD? In Chinatown?

      (litchick nervously awaits the answer, playing out nightmare scenarios in her head...)

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      1. re: litchick

        Yes, there's a sign on the locked door stating their lease expired.

        1. re: joebloe

          ohmygodohmygodohmygod. well, that's just about the suckiest news I've heard in weeks. That place not only has some of my fave dishes in Chinatown, it also holds much sentimental meaning, as that's where MrLit and I would go all through our courtin' phase. Dinner at Grand Chau Chow, then a movie at the Lowes.


          Ok, after my mourning period, I will need to finally, I suppose, branch OUT into the rest of Chinatown. Any good substitutes for the dearly departed? Seafood-focused?

      2. If this is the Chau Chau City on Essex Street it might be due to the renovation of the mini-Super 88 that is next door. That closed on Sep 5 for renovations and maybe if they got the lease on Chau Chau City an expansion?

        1. love this place ill cry if its gone they had the best chow foon

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          1. re: vegathechosen

            I know! It was dleicious! How ever, there's a cafe just around the corner that has about the same level of food, but rather bad service and a bad building, i think. It's called the Chinese Perl or the Black perl, i can't remember.

          2. So, just to clarify, are we talking about Grand Chau Chow on Beach Street on the other Chau Chow on Essex Street?

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            1. re: TomH

              AFAIK, the Grand Chau Chau on Beach is closing. The Chau Chau City dim sum on Essex is open.

              For other seafood focused places in CTown, I like Peach Farm and East Ocean City. Jumbo has it's fans but I haven't been yet.

              1. re: 9lives

                I love Jumbo. The owners have been great to my family since they opened. You have to know that they have an English menu and a real Chinese menu that is much better. If you aren't ordering in Chinese and you're not specific, they'll hand you Americanized Chinese food instead of the real stuff. "New Jumbo" isn't quite as good as the old "Jumbo" but oh well, I'm still pretty happy with their food. I've never been a huge fan of either of the Chau Chow's.