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Any recommendations for a restaurant in the Chinatown Center?

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IGT Nov 20, 2009 05:43 AM

I realize that there are a lot of choices there - any recommendations on a place to start - one that has some variety? Thanks in advance.....

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  1. TroyTempest RE: IGT Nov 20, 2009 06:09 AM

    i like First China BBQ. Search on this board, there are a lot of reviews.

    1. amykragan RE: IGT Nov 20, 2009 06:55 AM

      I really like Fortune. Especially for Dim Sum

      1. sqwertz RE: IGT Nov 20, 2009 09:38 AM

        Two votes for First China BBQ. Also Lily's and Baquette House. The later serves more than banh mi.

        -sw

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          Homero RE: sqwertz Nov 20, 2009 11:47 AM

          The Pate Chaud at Baguette House is fantastic. Very addictive.

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          brentwood RE: IGT Nov 20, 2009 12:45 PM

          If you like banh mi (Vietnamese sandwiches), I really like Baguette House. It's in the back corner.

          First Chinese BBQ is like it sounds - Chinese BBQ and Cantonese cuisine. We really like the BBQ pork, the duck, the lo mein, and the hot pots. Much like Din Ho, they have a very extensive menu.

          TC Noodle House is supposed to specialize in Teochew cuisine, a regional Chinese style. I am not familiar with it at all so can't speak to its authenticity. Our sole trip we tried a couple of egg noodle dishes that were not unlike the same dishes (hu tieu, I think?) at Tan Tan.

          Speaking of Tan Tan, it used to be our favorite Pho place, but I think Pho Saigon at Chinatown has it beat. It's sort of a big, warehouse-y atmosphere, but the service is fast and the broth and noodles are great. The bun (vermicelli) is also really good there. Now I want pho for dinner...

          We have not been to Fortune, Wok on Fire, Korean Grill, or Fresh Tofu.

          Many of the places have menus or links posted here - http://www.chinatownaustin.com/direct...

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            budgethound RE: IGT Dec 15, 2009 09:58 AM

            (First Chinese BBQ) http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5650...
            (Korean Grill) http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6360...
            (Fortune Chinese Seafood) http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/636075
            (Fresh Tofu) http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6649...

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              danny_w RE: budgethound Dec 15, 2009 11:36 AM

              The Hot and Sour soup was also nothing special.

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