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Where do you go when seeking greasy yet delicious American-Chinese food?

Swankalicious Feb 15, 2012 04:33 PM

You know, when you want nothing more than a missile-shaped eggroll and oily lo-mein.
Mr. Swank and I have savored Shanghai Village in Arlington, as well as Great Wok (also in Arlington).
What are your faves?

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    meeps2002 RE: Swankalicious Feb 15, 2012 06:37 PM

    Teryaki house

    1. viperlush RE: Swankalicious Feb 15, 2012 06:52 PM

      Mary Chungs in Cambridge

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        DoubleMan RE: viperlush Feb 15, 2012 07:14 PM


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          CookieLee RE: viperlush Feb 16, 2012 05:19 AM

          Wow, we must not be ordering the same things at Mary Chungs. I have been eating there for 30 years, and have not found the food to be greasy. I'm not going to pass judgement on "American - Chinese", since I've never been to China. I will say I saw a lot of Chinese folks dining at Mary Chung's last w/e. The place was packed, not so the vaunted Floating Rock.

          I'm so tired of people trashing places other people like. When was the last time either of you were at Mary Chungs? What did you eat?

          Chef Chow's in Coolidge Corner, Golden Temple in Washington Sq, both in Brookline, fits the OP's request. as does the Kowloon in Saugus.

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            Gabatta RE: CookieLee Feb 16, 2012 06:27 AM

            I think in this case they meant greasy in a good way, and weren't attempting to trash somewhere you like. I assume they were mentioning Mary Chungs as a excellent place for 'Americanized' moreso than greasy, as I don't find Mary Chungs greasy either.

            Speaking of trashing places, you may have not eaten recently. I don't find Golden Temple any more greasy than Mary Chungs. It is overpriced, highly Americanized and not always the best value; but not greasy like Kowloon.

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              viperlush RE: CookieLee Feb 16, 2012 06:47 AM

              Easy there. How is suggesting Mary Chung's in Cambridge as an example of "greasy yet delicious American-Chinese food" in any way trashing it? The scallion pancakes are greasy, the lo mein is greasy, and the fried rice is greasy. Yet they are all delicious. Therefore in response to the OP's question, Mary Chung's is where I go when seeking greasy yet delicious American-Chinese food.

              And if you read the most recent post on Floating Rock you will see that it is not the "vaunted Floating Rock" any more.

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                Gabatta RE: viperlush Feb 16, 2012 06:51 AM

                The lo mein at Mary Chungs isn't greasy enough for me! That's why I also suggested Changsho. I get a nice sheen on my lips after eating their lo mein.

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                  CookieLee RE: viperlush Feb 16, 2012 07:40 AM

                  Fine, I feel better, thanks! I didn't think of people asking for greasy in a good way, lol. I read it as a negative, as I did the "American - Chinese" reference. So many people have put down this style of food, because it's not "authentic", that I'm v. sensitive about it.
                  Yes, I read about FR, and regret not making it to Revere. Ironically, we put off going when we heard they were coming to Cambridge.

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                    jgg13 RE: CookieLee Feb 16, 2012 02:19 PM

                    My circle of friends has yet another layer which we refer to as "dirty chinese" which refers to the stuff that you think is great at 2:30am after tying way too many on, and then regret that decision the next morning. That's not really a putdown either :)

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                BostonZest RE: viperlush Feb 16, 2012 11:47 AM

                Thanks Viper, you set off an immediate craving for Dun Dun noodles so it was off to Mary Chung for lunch today. We had to wait for a table at 12:30 but it was worth it.

                Pan-Fried Peking ravioli, Dun Dun Noodles with shredded chicken, an asparagus with pork special, plus some rice and made us happy, happy eaters. We even took some home. I always forget how much food you get there.


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                emannths RE: Swankalicious Feb 16, 2012 05:40 AM

                There are some suggestions in this thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/786724 (focuses on Watertown/Cambridge/Arlington-ish area)

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                  Gabatta RE: Swankalicious Feb 16, 2012 06:18 AM


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                    femmevox RE: Gabatta Feb 16, 2012 06:57 AM

                    the Hong Kong in Harvard Square

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                      Boston_Otter RE: Gabatta Feb 16, 2012 05:30 PM

                      I'll second Changsho.

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                      jamieeats RE: Swankalicious Feb 16, 2012 08:28 AM

                      i love fortune panda on route 9 near newton center/chestnut hill area. it is perfectly greasy and delicious while you are eating it, but it doesn't leave you feeling greasy later on.

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                        hyde RE: jamieeats Feb 16, 2012 12:14 PM

                        fortune panda is actually in Thompsonville!
                        one of the more obscure of Newton's 13 villages/separate zip codes.

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                        phatchris RE: Swankalicious Feb 16, 2012 03:19 PM

                        Billy Tse North End/Revere.

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                          KevinJF RE: Swankalicious Feb 16, 2012 08:15 PM

                          Golden Temple in Brookline fits the bill, but there are non-greasy items available.

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