The mobile version of the site works great for catching up on chow's main site, but is just not useable for the chowhound boards, and MANY posts on this board in the past couple of years have stated the same thing.
Got my EVO 4G 2 wks ago, but found it was the same mobile site experience as always, previously with a not-so-smartphone LG (that could browse decently w/ Opera Mini) & then a Blackberry Curve.
With the Blackberry, I was able to access the non-mobile chow.com with another browser, but it was not functional at all!
But, I tried a few things w/ my new android phone, and FINALLY got it working! First, I download the Dolphin HD browser (free from the Android Market)... Set it up, then went to menu, hit "more...", then "Settings", and changed "User Agent" from "Android" to "Desktop". Yes, this loads the full site, but it loads very quickly & navigating around doesn't require you to pinch-and-zoom much - easily zooming to just the boards if your screen is large enough!
Definitely recommend Dolphin though... It also handles multiple tabs easily & it is so easy to customize screen gestures (if you don't know what those are it teaches you pretty quickly, and they are very helpful!). After trying both Firefox and Opera, I still preferred the default Android browser, but I definitely prefer Dolphin now!
...... Uh, before I post this.... Ummm, just also looked & I just noticed you can also do the same with the default browser by simply disabling the mobile view in its settings - works the same , but it is a bit slower.
I was just wondering this very thing and found this thread. I wish there was a mobile version of the site. I just tried both chow.com and the forums - both come up full size, which makes it impossible to navigate. I want to take my chow on the road! LOL
Hopefully they'll come up with either a mobile version of the site or an app. Oh, how I would love an app!