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Yikes! $48.72 for 4 takeout dishes from King Yen Chinese in Berzerkley?

Mission Apr 21, 2010 06:40 PM

I had not been to King Yen in about a year.

It has always been my go to place for great "American style" Chinese comfort food. I have probably eaten or ordered food there at least 40 times in the past 15 years.

So I was driving in from out of town and thought I would pick some up for me and my GF.

I called them and ordered from memory.

Kung pao Chicken,
Sweet sour pork,
Szechuan beef,
Double mushroom vegetables,

(like I said I go there for the American Chinese)

When I got the bill I thought there was a mistake...$48.72 for four dishes to go?

No mistake,that was the new price.

The worst part was that the food had changed.

Its now just another Chinese place trying to do high end "California style" Chinese food.

It was not bad ...but not what I wanted.

Too bad, they had a served me well as the best "American Chinese" in the Eastbay all those years.

Does anyone have any other suggestions?

PS

(I have no interest and will not try again either China Village or Becky's Chinese)

Thanks

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King Yen Restaurant
2995 College Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705

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  1. Robert Lauriston RE: Mission Apr 21, 2010 07:58 PM

    I'm not sure what they have, but the one Chinese-American dish I had at Chef Yu's was good, and the prices are low.

    1. grishnackh RE: Mission Apr 22, 2010 06:46 PM

      For delivery or takeout American Chinese in Downtown Berkeley, I always rely on nearby King Dong restaurant. The prices are cheap, the portions are large, and the delivery is prompt.

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      King Dong
      2429 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704

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      1. re: grishnackh
        nicedragonboy RE: grishnackh Apr 23, 2010 10:48 AM

        mmm...during my college years my favorite was the Tomato Beef Chowmein with thin noodles at King Dong.

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        King Dong
        2429 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704

        1. re: nicedragonboy
          Mission RE: nicedragonboy Apr 23, 2010 02:12 PM

          King Dong was really great in the early 90's

          I gotta go check them and see if they are still worthy of the name King Dong!

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          King Dong
          2429 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704

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