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MrSouthernProper Jul 28, 2011 07:55 PM

New to Atlanta and I'm desperate to find that hangover fix, greasy Chinese food! I am looking for a hangover food so carry-out/dine-in doesn't matter but I usually take out considering I'm not feeling the best when these cravings hit haha. Not big on the vegetables (carrots, broccoli, etc) and almost always go for the spicy general tso chicken and fried rice.

I'm hoping some of you out there share the affection towards Chinese as I do otherwise you might fall into the category that assumes all cheap Chinese restaurants are the same haha, which is FAR from the truth! I just moved from Clemson, SC and we had the BEST Chinese place there...just trying to fill that void in my life! PLEASE HELP ME FILL IT WITH DELICIOUS GENERAL TSO!!!

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    bobstripower Jul 29, 2011 10:07 AM

    Hands down Gu's Bistro--do a search here and yelp and urbansppon--its terrfic

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      ted Jul 29, 2011 02:10 PM

      I haven't been to Gu's yet (I have driven up that part of Buford Hwy doing other things several times and have looked without seeing it).

      I really like Chef Liu's for dumplings and other dim sum type offerings (and noodles). Gu's may beat Peter Chang's and/or Tasty China but those might be a lot more convenient to folks on that side of town.

      And I only order a limited set of stuff from Hong Kong Harbor but I like it a lot for the things we get. Late night or hung over, pan-fried potstickers, salt & pepper squid, and dry style beef chow fun always hit the spot. There are lots of other things we like there.

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      Chef Liu
      5221 Buford Highway Northwest Doraville, Atlanta, GA 30340

      Tasty China
      2750 Buford Hwy Ste 2D, Duluth, GA 30096

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        bobstripower Jul 29, 2011 05:11 PM

        hong kong harbor is also very good--if you like spicey,Gus is the spot--if not either place is fine

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          MrSouthernProper Jul 30, 2011 07:45 AM

          Awesome! Thanks for the replies guys. I'll definitely be giving Gu's a try, it's actually right near me. Hong Kong if Gu's isn't exactly the style I'm looking for, which is simply chicken, fried rice, and sauce done right ha. Appreciate the rec Ted but honestly I don't stray too far from general tso, at least for the purpose of a hangover grub. Spicy/greasy food isn't everyones cure-all but it works for me haha. Maybe if I'm feeling Chinese for dinner sometime I'll give the others a try for dish I haven't had before.

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            ted Jul 30, 2011 09:03 AM

            Gotta break out of that Americanized Chinese (into slightly-less Americanized Chinese).

            Potstickers are a no-brainer. Doughy dumplings filled with ground pork and spices, then browned on one side before steaming to finish cooking. Chow fun noodles are wide chewy rice noodles. Neither is spicy unless you add your own heat. Salt and pepper squid is total junk food but awesome when fresh (bad as a to-go item), salty crunchy calamari with jalapenos.

            Other things we get a lot include stir-fried snow pea leaves with garlic (green goodness) and eggplant with garlic sauce (slightly spicy).

            If you haven't seen it yet, local PBS just debuted a new show of Jim Stacy's "Get Delicious Again," which includes a visit to Chef Liu's. It's a fun show in general, though a bit campy.

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            Chef Liu
            5221 Buford Highway Northwest Doraville, Atlanta, GA 30340

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              MrSouthernProper Jul 30, 2011 09:25 AM

              All that actually does sound amazing and I'm very open to any variety of cuisine and LOVE finding out about new restaurants/ethnicities I haven't tried before. There's a lot of Chinese dishes I'm not familiar with, and trust me I started this threat purely to find that "americanized" version to cure a craving while feeling a bit under the weather. Almost like my chicken noodle soup I guess haha. Nothing special, just a comfort food to me.

              Sounds like you frequent Chef Liu's, and support it enough to have me sold. I'll have to give that a try as well. When I'm wanting to try something new I don't usually think about Chinese. Thanks for the heads up tho, I'll try to look up that vid.

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              Chef Liu
              5221 Buford Highway Northwest Doraville, Atlanta, GA 30340

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                ted Jul 30, 2011 04:47 PM

                Well, if you want "chicken noodle soup," then you should get pho. ;-)

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                  laurendlewis Sep 2, 2011 11:13 AM

                  I will give a nod to Chef Liu's as well - delicious! I like the juicy pork buns, the pork w/ fennel dumplings, and the eggplant w/ spicy garlic sauce. Enjoy!!

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                  Chef Liu
                  5221 Buford Highway Northwest Doraville, Atlanta, GA 30340

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        Milt Jul 30, 2011 03:46 PM

        Cafe 101 has recently reopened under a Taiwanese chef and is quite good. Sunday is an impressive buffet, which is vastly different from the typical Chinese buffet for Americans. Rice is available, but is not served on the buffet. Numerous meat, noodle, tofu, fish, and chicken dishes. Ordering from the menu is always available.

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        Cafe 101
        5412 Buford Hwy NE, Atlanta, GA 30340

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          bobstripower Jul 31, 2011 07:17 PM

          if yo go to Gu's, ask Yvonne to help you order--shes the chefs daughter and speaks perfect English.My favs there are walnut shrimp, duck, fish soup and most of all Chengdu dumplings--the deep fried tofu is also very good

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            amosearle Sep 4, 2011 01:28 PM

            Peter Chang! He has returned to Atlanta and is now in Sandy Springs near Ray's on the RIver. The sign says Peter Cheng. You can read about this interesting man in both Oxford American and New Yorker articles over the last couple of years. Shizuan at it's finest!

            http://www.petertasty2.com/

            6450 Powers Ferry Rd,
            Sandy Springs, Ga 30339

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              samlev Sep 5, 2011 07:04 PM

              Gu's Bistro is actually better than Peter Chang's for Szechuan style Chinese and I would give it the nod for best Chinese in the city. Located ITP on Buford Highway. I have eaten at Tasty China, Peter Chang's, Hong Kong House (Peter Chang's resto in Knoxville) over the years and was a very faithful follower of his but Gu's is better with a wider range of dishes.

              Chef Gu is considered to be a national treasure for cooking Chengdu (Szechuan) style food.

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              Tasty China
              2750 Buford Hwy Ste 2D, Duluth, GA 30096

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