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Is Leann Chinn still decent?? [Moved from Minneapolis-St. Paul Board]

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MarkG Mar 17, 2010 10:11 PM

had barely edible food there recently at the edina location. was this a fluke??

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    soupkitten Mar 20, 2010 07:40 AM

    leeann chin obit: http://www.startribune.com/obituaries...

    i've also avoided lc's for many years, though her impact on chinese-american food locally & regionally is notable (& not necessarily all for the better). i always found it pretty appalling that they made the conscious decision to not serve *any* tofu dish at *any* of their restaurants (even today!) because supposedly it would not appeal to "american" diners. amazing.

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      MarkG Mar 20, 2010 01:06 PM

      actually i disagree. from a business standpoint you have to offer what sells. tofu might sell in california but not most places. LC in its prime was very decent pre cooked chinese. the corporatization of LC did it in.

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      Seige Mar 18, 2010 10:24 AM

      Overall, I'm not a fan. I would never order anything breaded there again. The "meat" inside is too mysterious for my liking. That said, the bourbon chicken isn't bad. I don't seek it out, but we've had it catered for meals at work before and of the options that's the best one.

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        MarkG Mar 19, 2010 05:34 PM

        at one time LC was decent to very good for what it is but the family sold it once and then again and without family control, it is LC in name only.

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        green56 Mar 18, 2010 09:29 AM

        I have avoided LC for over 18 or so years. Somewhere around that time. Back in the day when she had her one restaurant, that was primo stuff. But then she expanded and sold out and to me the stuff tastes no better than Chung King.

        To me LC is of no highrtr calibre than Taco Bell, Ceasere's, et al. I avoid them all.

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          alpa chino Mar 17, 2010 11:02 PM

          HELL NO! I was there a month ago, on a whim. I was in the mood for some plain fried rice and some egg rolls. It was in a mall food court. Oh my god......I'm still trying to digest it.

          Overcooked rice, stale food under the buffet lights.....YUCK.

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            leeniebeanie Mar 18, 2010 08:02 AM

            I used to like their Peking Chicken. I had some not too long ago at the Highland Park location. Be afraid, be very afraid.... Seriously, it was awful and I only ate about a quarter of it.

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              Fudist Mar 18, 2010 09:25 AM

              The Pot Stickers can compete with most Chinese restaurants in town, and the skin is never gummy.

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                gooey middle Mar 18, 2010 09:35 AM

                I get lunch at the one in City Center from time to time. the noodles always seem dry, and if you're not in the mood for chicken, you simply don't have many options. The biggest disappointment for me is their mustard. I'm a HUGE fan of hot chinese mustard, but theirs always looks, smells and tastes a little off. bitter maybe? I used to question the freshness, but now i think i just don't like that particular mustard.

                Oyster wings are still tasty, just too small.

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