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Aug 20, 2010 08:38 AM

Looking for a really good "greasy-hole-in-the-wall" chinese take out restaurant in the dallas area

Hello all,

I've been living in Dallas for a while now and still can't find a good hole-in-the-wall take out Chinese restaurant. I've lived in NYC, San Diego, and Cleveland and found them easily there (especially in NYC). Just can't seem to find them here in Dallas. I'm looking for places that have things like: Sweet and Sour Chicken or Pork, General Tso's Chicken, Pepper Steak with Onions, Fried Chicken in Fried Rice, etc. I realize this isn't really Chinese food as I am Chinese and my mom never cooked things like this. I've tried Bobo and it's good but can't find any other places.

Any suggestions?



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  1. Eggroll Express, just west of Spring Valley and Coit. It's a dump but produces fairly decent fair that "isn't really Chinese food."

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    1. re: kylewilliam

      +1 for Eggroll Express. There's another location on Beltline east of Preston.

      Eggroll Express
      6160 Belt Line Rd, Dallas, TX 75254

    2. I don't know why anyone would bypass First Chinese BBQ for a "hole in the wall".
      We had dinner at FCBBQ tonight and personally, I see no reason to go anywhere else. But, that's my opinion.
      Although there was only two of us, we took enough leftover food home for another meal for two. $30.00 including a generous tip!

      First Chinese BBQ
      111 S. Greenville Ave., Richardson, TX 75081

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      1. re: twinwillow

        Maybe because FCBBQ sucks.

        But that's my opinion.

      2. Agreed on FCBBQ is one of the best. However, for Americanized Chinese dishes I might consider First Emporer's take on this fare to be nice. They have a pretty wide variety of dishes, but if you are looking for orange beef and kung pao I would try this hole in the wall across from Kirin Court (go to for dim sum) Cheap eats, too..

        Kirin Court Restaurant
        221 W Polk St, Richardson, TX 75081

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        1. re: DallasDude

          I am sad I don't get to eat FCBBQ as much now that we moved into Dallas from Richardson (I know it's not that far...but I am still not used to driving in Dallas' urban sprawl...AND I want to support all my neighborhood eats!). Wish it was closer....BBQ pork soft noodles are the BEST.

          1. re: pgwiz1

            I fully understand your plight. Although living in "Uptown" as I do, it's not like they're that close that I can just drive over and get my FCBBQ fix. If you've ever been on 75 around rush hour, you know what I mean. I'd kill for them to open in my neighborhood.
            Oh well, at least the really good taqueria's are close by me.
            But as AB say's, "that's another show".

              1. re: pgwiz1

                Don't I wish! However in all fairness, FCBBQ's success lays with their predominantly Chinese clientele.
                And, other than a neighbor who is Chinese and also loves FCBBQ, there just ain't many of them around in my neighborhood.

                1. re: twinwillow

                  I know they have other locations, but some reports say that the one you go to in Richardson is the best. Even if there was a location set upo near you it wouldn't be the same experience you get each week.

                  Perhaps the drive makes it more satisfying. Anticipation! I craved FCBBQ a few weeks ago when I was passing through Oklahoma City and bypassed dozens of places, even a few great ones in Denton, so I could enjoy a meal at FCBBQ that I was craving so badly.