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tart1 Feb 24, 2011 04:16 PM

What are some of the best Chinese restaurants for lunches in the Bloomington/Richfield area of the Twin Cities - preferably leaning toward the east side. I haven't seen any recent posts on the question, so would like input.

How is Jun Bo for lunch? How about Mandarin Kitchen? Others?

Thanks for your input!

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Jun Bo
7717 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55423

Mandarin Kitchen
8766 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55420

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    GutGrease Mar 3, 2011 08:36 AM

    There is a decent place in the strip mall on Portland and American Blvd. It's next to the Kabob place (awesome) and a few other non-descript joints that are all surprisingly good but certainly not mind blowing.

    There are two good non-chinese restaurants in the area. There is Vina on about 65th & Nicollet, but it's Vietnamese. There is also a place at 76th & Lyndale that is very good, but I believe that it's Thai. It's next to the Dairy Queen and across from the BP gas station.

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      Bobannon Mar 3, 2011 01:41 PM

      The place on 76th and Lyndale is Joy's Pataya and i agree it's really good. And they have great lunch specials. I think some chowhounds were a little underwhelmed when they first opened, but they've really gotten it together. Good stuff.

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        kevin47 Mar 4, 2011 10:35 AM

        Are you talking about the buffet at the end of the strip mall? I agree that it's much better than average.

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          GutGrease Mar 4, 2011 12:04 PM

          Right in the middle of the strip mall at Portland and American Blvd/494 is a joint. I looked yesterday afternoon and believe that it is called Hong Kong. Good stuff.

          Thanks Bobannon, it is Joy's Pataya. I've been there two or three times and we've enjoyed it quite a bit.

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          Hong Kong Restaurant
          7828 Portland Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55420

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        churchka Feb 27, 2011 04:17 PM

        98 Pound Buffet is really great. Some American type stuff and some very Chinese stuff. Lots of choices.

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          MayrMN Feb 28, 2011 05:27 PM

          I second Hunan behind Sonic which is behind Southtown. Decent buffet.

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          Bobannon Feb 25, 2011 05:22 PM

          I think Hunan in that strip mall behind Southtown is pretty good.

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            kevin47 Feb 24, 2011 09:44 PM

            Grand Szechuan in Bloomington is arguably the best Chinese restaurant in the state. Aside from that, I've always had a soft spot for China Garden in the Hub on 66th/Nicollet.

            Note: There is a WIDE gulf in quality between the two aforementioned.

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            China Garden
            4 W 66th St, Minneapolis, MN 55423

            Grand Szechuan
            10602 France Ave S, Bloomington, MN 55431

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              scoopG Feb 25, 2011 02:35 AM

              Better than Little Szechuan on University? Maybe I have to re-visit GS on my next trip back!

              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/646396

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                Seige Feb 28, 2011 09:05 AM

                Personally, I don't think Grand Szechuan is better than Little Szechuan and I've been to both places several times. Not saying Grand Szechuan is bad - it certainly isn't. I just don't know that I'd say it's the best Chinese restaurant in the state.

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                Little Szechuan - West End
                5377 16th Street, St. Louis Park, MN 55416

                Grand Szechuan
                10602 France Ave S, Bloomington, MN 55431

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                  kevin47 Mar 1, 2011 05:33 AM

                  Yeah, Little Szechuan would put the argue in my arguably qualifier. I find Grand Szechuan to be outstanding.

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                  Little Szechuan - West End
                  5377 16th Street, St. Louis Park, MN 55416

                  Grand Szechuan
                  10602 France Ave S, Bloomington, MN 55431

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                    alpa chino Mar 3, 2011 08:57 AM

                    Oh yeah? Never been to Grand Szechuan. But I'm definitely trying it out. Is there anything in particular over there that's really good.

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                    Grand Szechuan
                    10602 France Ave S, Bloomington, MN 55431

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                      kevin47 Mar 4, 2011 10:33 AM

                      Dan Dan Noodles and Chung King Chili Chicken were very good.

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                  kriminalrat Mar 3, 2011 12:55 PM

                  You do realize that GS is owned by Chef Luo who put Teahouse and then LS on the map in Minneapolis?

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                    Seige Mar 3, 2011 01:08 PM

                    Yes, I can also tell you that the identical items I've ordered at LS have been better than they have been at GS and the service on certain occasions has been atrocious at GS (as in waiting forever to put in an order, not getting water glasses refilled). That said, I again wouldn't say the GS food is bad. If LS didn't exist, I'd say it probably is the best Chinese in town. I suspect this is one of those things people will have to agree to disagree on.

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                      scoopG Mar 3, 2011 01:31 PM

                      Yes.

                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6463...

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                    tart1 Feb 25, 2011 04:11 AM

                    Thanks. I prefer Szechuan, but a friend is coming from Brainerd and wants some good American Chinese for lunch.

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                      scoopG Feb 25, 2011 04:26 AM

                      Then it sounds like China Garden is the place.

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