Chinese take-out in North Park?
I'm craving the kind of Chinese take-out food found on nearly every corner in New York City.
Not great Chinese, or authentic Chinese, or brilliant food, but that pretty tasty, cheap, filling, fast food in paper cartons. Usually made by Chinese immigrants or their children but sold to all kinds of hungry people.
Is there a decent place to get this in or near North Park?
Thanks for any suggestions.
This is a good question. I have almost given up on finding authentic Chinese food in a San Diego restaurant since Ba Ren closed. There must be alternatives to the swill in most SD Chinese take-aways and the pseudo-Chinese food in P.F. Chang's. I can't even allow myself to think about Mountain View, CA, and the many outstanding (and authentic) Asian restaurants in the SF Bay area. Reasonable NYC-style Americanized Chinese will do just fine. (Yes, Dumpling Inn and Spicy City are OK but they require a trek to Convoy and they don't carry the kind of dishes that are the hallmark of good Chinese take-aways in NYC.)
Probably have to venture a little further afield than North Park to get many options. If not as far as Convoy, at least to City Heights. Have you tried Minh Ky? They're Vietnamese-style, apparently, and strongest on noodles, wonton, etc. (which is all I've ever had there). But they have all the standard American-Chinese takeout menu items.
We enjoy Peking Cafe next to the renovated North Park Theater on University. Old school Cantonese is the specialty, but they also have some spicy dishes. They now have Chow Fun. It's been there since the 1920's. Reasonably priced and family-run, it reminds me of the place I grew up with in Encinitas, The Royal Canton.