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Chinese Takeout - Scottsdale?

TheyCallMeGirl Feb 11, 2009 11:49 AM

Having recently relocated to the Scottsdale area, its high time I find a go to Chinese restaurant for take out. I moved here from Philadelphia where you found the best Chinese in a rickety old building basically falling down around you with the absolutely no frills atmosphere. Thats not to say I want to order from the pits, just in need of a good, cheap & easy kinda place. Any suggestions? Near Camelback & Scottsdale?

Thanks in advance.

  1. drewb123 Feb 11, 2009 03:21 PM

    good luck, there are none. I would prob just go to PF changs at the waterfront (scottsdale and camelback rd)

    If you are willing to drive check out Jade Palace, closet NY style chinese I have ate out here. (not super cheap)

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    1. re: drewb123
      TheyCallMeGirl Feb 11, 2009 04:40 PM

      NO! First, no jobs (I've been unemployed ..and NOT loving it since my move) and now, no decent chinese take out!? Say it ain't so! I've done the whole PF Changs (as well as Pei Wei) thing and super appreciate the suggestions. Just don't go telling me there's no good mexican, italian, etc etc! :)

    2. johnseberg Feb 11, 2009 03:54 PM

      I go to Tottie's Asian Fusion for Asian food in your vicinity (formerly named Shanghai Palace). The SE Asian dishes are the better options, IMO. It might be a good idea to have a sit-down meal, there, first. Maybe you can talk to the boss about what you're looking for. Her picture is on the website.

      Shanghai Palace
      7901 E Thomas Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

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      1. re: johnseberg
        TheyCallMeGirl Feb 11, 2009 04:44 PM

        Thanks Johnseberg. I'll def have to check out that place. But for this case, I'm looking for something a little more gritty - you know - where your whole meal cost $6 bucks and last days.

        1. re: TheyCallMeGirl
          JK Grence the Cosmic Jester Feb 11, 2009 10:16 PM

          You're going to have to travel several miles... the cheapinese dives around here are few and far between. You'll have some luck if you poke around ASU.

          I can definitely vouch for Autumn Court on 38th Street and Indian School. They're my number one in town for Americanized Chinese food. Orange beef, sesame chicken, walnut shrimp, the moo shu that kmarg mentioned... lots of hits, very few misses.

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        kmarg Feb 11, 2009 05:47 PM

        There are a few places down Indian School between 40th and 32nd st if thats not too far. I like Autumn Court at 38th St and I.S. good lemon chicken and muu shu

        1. silverbear Feb 11, 2009 06:57 PM

          I think part of the problem here is an attempt at an apples-and-oranges comparison. IMO, there's no such thing as the "Scottsdale area" since Scottsdale is a suburb within the Phoenix Metropolitan Area. Therefore, comparing to Scottsdale to Philadelphia is no more valid than comparing King of Prussia to Phoenix. In other words, either comparison fails because it attempts to match a core city against an upscale, clean-cut suburb. The former is the type of environment in which to find the type of Chinese restaurant you seek, and, for the most part, the latter is where one is likely to find PF Chang's.

          With all that in mind, I think you have to head either west into Central Phoenix or southeast into the Dobson Corridor of Mesa and Chandler to have some good options.

          The absolute best for what you seek is, IMO, Asian Cafe Express in Mesa. A little less cheap but still good is Super Dragon in North Central Phoenix. Finally, I recently tried China Chan near MetroCenter in northwest Phoenx and was very impressed with how much good dim sum I got for $20 (for three people). I haven't tried China Chan's regular menu, though.

          Super Dragon Restaurant
          1212 E Northern Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85020

          Asian Cafe Express
          1911 W Main St, Mesa, AZ 85201

          China Chan
          10227 N Metro Pkwy E, Phoenix, AZ 85051

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          1. re: silverbear
            BillB656 Feb 12, 2009 05:08 AM

            You are so right about ACE, sliverbear. We went for the first time last weekend. A bowl of wonton soup large enough for 4 to share (we were only 2), wonderfully smoky dry fry beef chow fun, and sparerib bittermelon (what great contrast between the black bean and the bittermelon!), white rice and a pot of tea came to $18. (And thanks to heleny's menu suggestions from another post).

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            crsin Feb 11, 2009 10:44 PM

            Anyone have any thoughts on Chop & Wok on Scottsdale and Shea? I've never been, but it's been at that location for as long as I can remember and from the outside it looks like it might be as close to a "no-frills" shack you might find in much of the area. The few opinions I've heard of the place have generally been positive. However, this might be moot, as it'd be a ~15min. drive from you which may not be an option if looking for some quick chinese takeout.

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            1. re: crsin
              JK Grence the Cosmic Jester Feb 12, 2009 09:18 AM

              I just went there last night... The egg roll and war shu chicken were absolutely killer, the fried rice was pretty greasy.

              1. re: crsin
                drewb123 Feb 12, 2009 09:47 AM

                Horrible, gross disgusting

                1. re: drewb123
                  coastalgypsy Feb 12, 2009 09:51 AM

                  Isn't that the place that always sends out coupons through the mail for free crab puffs with your order??? That's never a good sign.

                  1. re: coastalgypsy
                    hohokam Feb 12, 2009 10:11 AM

                    I think that's Chen & Wok. Well, at least in the mailers I get.

                  2. re: drewb123
                    crsin Feb 12, 2009 10:22 AM

                    What was so offensive about it?

                    1. re: crsin
                      danieli10 Feb 12, 2009 02:11 PM

                      If this is the place that is Chop Wok next to the gas station on the NW corner of Shea and Scottsdale, then its pretty horrible. They are "known" for their crab puffs (big deal.)

                      1. re: danieli10
                        drewb123 Feb 12, 2009 03:51 PM

                        yes next to the gas station

                      2. re: crsin
                        drewb123 Feb 12, 2009 03:51 PM

                        evertyhing, not even sure they can call themselves chinese.

                        1. re: drewb123
                          hohokam Feb 12, 2009 04:18 PM

                          Do you suspect them of being Crypto-Laotians?

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                    coastalgypsy Feb 12, 2009 04:16 AM

                    How funny -- I just did the exact opposite - moved from Scottsdale to Philly. But anyway, you should check out the Chinese Cultural Center near McDowell + 44th in PHX (sadly, it's the closest Phoenix gets to having a Chinatown...) Lots of chinese restaurant options, plus a big asian grocery store. http://www.phxchinatown.com/

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                    1. re: coastalgypsy
                      avandelay Feb 12, 2009 05:55 AM

                      For Americanized chinese we really like China Village which is 28th Street and Indian School. It certainly fits your bill as a hole in the wall but its been there forever. Chop and Wok is pretty good as well.

                      1. re: coastalgypsy
                        coastalgypsy Feb 12, 2009 07:52 AM

                        Oops I forgot to also mention the new Mekong Plaza in Mesa for asian restaurant options. There is a previous post thread about it: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/565945

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                        danieli10 Feb 12, 2009 08:53 AM

                        I concur that you are SOL. I've stopped eating Chinese food since moving here from SF.

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                        1. re: danieli10
                          ciaogal Feb 13, 2009 03:27 PM

                          My favorite is Nee House on Tatum and Thunderbird! It's as close to Authentic Chinese I have found in NE Phoenix....I'm crazy for their peking duck w/ the crispy skin and all of their fresh (live) seafood dishes. Their eggplant is superb!

                          Nee House
                          13843 N Tatum Blvd Ste 17, Phoenix, AZ 85032

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                          ethan30 Feb 16, 2009 03:41 PM

                          Chop & Wok has always taken a lot of abuse, unfairly I think. Its not PF Changs (its not supposed to be), but it's exactly what TheyCallMeGirl is seeking. Yes, there are things to avoid, but there are things to relish as well. Pass it up because of one bad entree and you're just letting the best in life pass you by.

                          And its owned, as it has been since the Horwitz (sp) family sold to their employees, by local guys that grew up working and eating there. They have recently absorbed the space next door, added a bar and created one of the best laid back hang outs in the area.

                          Everyone complains of the lack of history in the Valley so why not support a place like Chop & Wok that has been around for at least 20 years, how else do people expect to GET restaurants that have history?

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                            Yummye Feb 16, 2009 06:34 PM

                            Welcome to Arizona! I too lived in Philly (West Philly, to be exact) while we were at Penn. Now we're here and missing Center City. But to answer your question, consider Canton Dragon at 10190 N. 90th Sreet, just off the 101, and Shanghai Club in the Pima Crossing shopping center at 8752 E. Shea Blvd., again off the 101. Both places have really good food albeit they're somewht far for takeout. There are also quite few Chinese restaurants going south on Scottsdale Road but I could not vouch for any of them. Maybe other chowhounders can contribute.

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                            1. re: Yummye
                              drewb123 Feb 17, 2009 10:25 AM

                              shangahi club is great, haven't been to canton dragon. I live in central Phx so don't head that way usually

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