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Good Chinese restaurants in Maine?

Cheryl Fuller Jan 26, 2009 05:45 PM

We live in Belfast and are hoping that somewhere outside of Greater Portland, there is a Chinese restaurant worth going to. There isn't in our town.

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  1. Passadumkeg RE: Cheryl Fuller Jan 27, 2009 01:39 AM

    Good question. I don't know any either. I'm looking forwrd to some responses.


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      mainemal RE: Cheryl Fuller Jan 27, 2009 03:58 AM

      Even in "greater Portland," there isn't a single edible Chinese restaurant, IMHO

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        Cheryl Fuller RE: mainemal Jan 27, 2009 05:13 AM

        I used to live in Portland. The Chinese restaurants around here only sometimes rise to the level of Jan Mee on St. John St or Valley on Forest Avenue, if that gives you an idea of what we have.

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          the_MU RE: mainemal Jan 27, 2009 08:58 AM

          I'll mention it again -- I've had wayyyy worse Chinese food than at the (go ahead, laugh) Super Buffet near the Maine Mall in South Portland. It's definitely better than the likes of Wok Inn or Valley or Jan Mee. Laugh if you want. I'll have the salt & pepper shrimp, steamed buns and shu mai.

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          StevensAve RE: Cheryl Fuller Jan 27, 2009 06:46 AM

          It is sad that Chinese food in the Portland area is pretty poor on the whore, especially if you are used to the quality of the Chinatowns in NYC or SFR, or the Chinese suburbs surrounding LA or San Jose. That said, the Lotus in Falmouth is owned by people from Taiwan and they will make you any of your favorites - except dim sum - if you know the Chinese name of the dish. In Portland, itself, I found the takeout at Valley Chinese in Forest to be pretty good, especially their tofu veggy dishes.

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            mainemal RE: StevensAve Jan 27, 2009 07:06 AM

            I agree that Lotus is acceptable, and do a few things, like scallion pancakes, pretty well. But, as you say, no comparison with food in US Chinese communities, including Boston, which has some awesome places.

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              Cheryl Fuller RE: StevensAve Jan 27, 2009 07:23 AM

              That said, I am 2 hours downeast of Portland, so I am not likely to go there for dinner at a Chinese restaurant. I used to enjoy Imperial China. These days, I am looking at the midcoast area though.

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                indisskys RE: StevensAve Mar 2, 2009 10:06 AM

                Heh Heh..did you mean on the "whole"?

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                sophie fox RE: Cheryl Fuller Jan 27, 2009 08:13 AM

                I rather like China Rose in Freeport. It's true, I haven't found any great Chinese restaurants in Maine since Hu Shang went away - how long ago was that? 20 years? more? very sad

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                  Cheryl Fuller RE: sophie fox Jan 27, 2009 10:19 AM

                  Hu Shang was marvelous. But tough for a restaurant to survive after the owner is deported.

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                  irwin RE: Cheryl Fuller Mar 2, 2009 11:20 AM

                  Panda Garden in Bangor is the best in the state......
                  We now live in Portland and cannot find anything to match.

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                    josiahbabcock RE: Cheryl Fuller Nov 14, 2013 01:40 PM

                    Good Chinese in Maine is an oxymoron. Every now and then I succumb to my desire for sesame chicken and roll the dice, only to be sorely disappointed time and time again. Tragic. Save your money.

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