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Where are you going for good chinese food?

I've been in Charlotte since '99 and have long given up my search for good Chinese food in this town. We've got great Vietnamese, Thai, Japanese, and even Korean. But where the hell is the good Chinese? I hit up Dragon's Court for Dim Sum, and Great Wall on 51 but that's about it.

Tell me Charlotte, where is the good Chinese food?

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  1. Have you tried Dim Sum on Central Avenue? I think its excellent.

    1. The atmosphere is pretty spartan, but I've been happy at 88 China Bistro. And Dim Sum the restaurant on Central Avenue has some great stuff. In both cases, you need to ask for the Chinese menu.

      1. Kathleen has hit the nail on the head as far as I'm concerned. Dim Sum is great on the weekends when they have the Dim Sum carts rolling threw the dinning room and the regular menu the rest of the week is excellent as well. The menu is very large and has everything from the very authentic which I enjoy to the Chinese American classics. I also really enjoy Bistro 88. They have this braised duck with leeks that I love. Its served with Mu Shu pancakes and hoisin sauce so you get to roll your own which just adds to the fun.

        1. Dim Sum on Central is great, as mentioned.

          My regular place is Fortune Garden on Arrowood and South. It is the typical American style Chinese food, done really well. They have awesome egg rolls, boiled dumplings, and everything is fresh and tasty.

          Takeout only...

          1. Belly, you are right. I've been here since 2000 and there isn't much. Where are you going for Vietnamese? Since Pho 98 changed hands, they have gone down hill and I was sad to see Mai close (it has since reopened in a new location, but I haven't tried it yet).

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            1. re: c.u.shoeless

              Have you tried Dim Sum?

              1. re: carolinadawg

                Haven't been to Dim Sum, the restaurant, in years. I hooked onto Dragons Court and have been faithful for sometime now. I keep hearing that Dim Sum is better these days, just haven't made it over there.

                1. re: bellyspeaks

                  Well don't give up on Chinese food in Charlotte until you've tried DS. Dragon Court is fine for "americanized" chinese, but DS is a totally different type of food.

                  1. re: carolinadawg

                    Let me clarify. I do Dragons Court for dim sum only. I haven't eaten off their regular menu though, IMHO the dim sum there is pretty good and not really amricanized. When you rec. Dim Sum, are you speaking of for dim sum or for their regular menu as well?

                    1. re: bellyspeaks

                      Sorry, I confused Dragon Court with another place with a similar name. In regard to Dim Sum, I recommend both the dim sum dishes as well as their regular menu. (and I think I've heard that they have a "chinese" menu too, although I haven't seen it or ordered off it)

              2. re: c.u.shoeless

                When did Pho 98 change hands? I missed that.

                1. re: southernitalian

                  Don't know when they changed hands, but my husband went there a couple months ago at lunch after his lunch companion INSISTED they eat there. The only person in the restaurant had a laptop. As my husband approached them, they said, "I'm getting ready to give this restaurant a 72 rating. I don't advise you eat here." They've been closed since.

                2. re: c.u.shoeless

                  For Vietnamese I have been true to Lang Van since a friend introduced me in '99. Lately I will stray over to Ben Than, essentially the same, but the dinning room is a little sunnnier at lunch :)

                  1. re: bellyspeaks

                    For Vietnamese you may want to try Saigon Palace located at 5215 South Blvd,Charlotte, NC 28217. (704) 529-0098‎. The food is excellent and it is a nice clean attractive place too..
                    Try the Pho , many seafood soups, quail, the boneless stuffed chicken wing appetizer. It's my new favorite Vietnamese restaurant in Charlotte.

                    1. re: GodfatherofLunch

                      I agree GFL...love their spring roll! could make a meal out of em..light summer and NOT fried!

                      1. re: Hapy

                        Agree as well - Saigon Palace is a great place in the area. It is family run and they are great at helping with the menu.

                3. Depending on what part of town I'm in, I like Shanghai and 88. Shanghai has the best vegetarian dishes.

                  1. OK then....my Chinese food question is: Where can I find Hunan or Szechuan food? Dishes like "Smoked Ham and Garlic" and "Hot and Sour Chicken"? I've seen lots of dim sum and Cantonese but no really spicy Hunan cuisine. Help??

                    1. I like Shanghai for food- plus a nice bar and wine list. Ditto comments on Dim Sum and Bistro 88.