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Nov 19, 2008 11:32 AM

drive-through Chinese: does it exist anywhere?

Not that I think it's a plan for fine cuisine.

There are lots of Chinese restaurants in my town; the majority are buffets and the food is mediocre if not outright poor. The one that stays the busiest, with multiple locations, had to temporarily shut down a year ago because it had too many health violations upon inspection. Anyway, there's no pretense of cooking food to order because it gets brought out in these huge trays which are refilled regularly.

Meanwhile, drive-through food is limited to subpar American, Mexican, and Italian.

So I wonder, why *not* have drive-through Chinese? Even if the food wasn't great, if would be an equally appealing option.

Are there places anywhere that do this? If not, why not? If so, where...and is it any good?

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  1. Doesn't Panda Express do that? I went once and it ended up in the trash. We didn't do drive through but my daughter thought it was the funniest thing to see a chinese drive through.

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      1. Yes, there is one in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. If I recall, it was actually pretty decent food, not an incarnation of a Chinese fast food restaurant. I tried the drive through once, it took forever, so I didn't do it again.

        1. I know of at least one in Gardena, CA. I don't even recall the name because it was just plain bad, and it took them so darn long to put our order together. I think the building is a former Der Weinerschnitzel.

          1. Reminds me of the scene in "Dude, Where's My Car?" at the Chinese drive thru:

            "and theeeeen?" "and theeeeeeeen?"

            So presumably that exists in Kalifornia?

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            1. re: coney with everything

              NO AND THEN!!!

              (srsly, i posted this (near) exact post and the mods took it down)