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Jul 30, 2012 02:47 PM

Keefer Court chow report

After, oh, about 15 years of dropping in to Keefer Court for Curry Buns and Wintermelon Cake, we finally made it over there for a meal. I had always noticed the small group of tables in the back, often inhabited by groups of Asian college students inhaling aromatic rice plates or noodle soups, and would make a mental note to put it on the future dining list. On Saturday, before attending a show at the Cedar, we decided to grab a quick meal. We enjoyed an order of succulent roast duck redolent with fresh spices, an attractively presented plate of pan-fried sea bass filets en-robed in the thinnest possible crust and perched on a few head of baby bok choy, perfectly al dente rice noodles with pork and pickled vegetables,and a simple preparation of stir fried Chinese broccoli. The service was friendly and attentive, and the food was even better than I had hoped. Highly recommended.

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  1. You made me drool into my keyboard! Thanks for the report.

    1. Keep meaning to go there... is parking a pain in that area on the weekend?

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      1. re: Ummm

        No. Parking lot behind and all sorts of on-street that turns over rapidly. Besides, it's worth the trouble (if there is any).

        1. re: MSPD

          Great thank you! Good to know that.

      2. i work nearby and get kung po chicken and a sesame bun about 3 times a week.
        good stuff

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        1. re: buenosds

          Keefer Court's business model continues to mystify me. They have this huge bakery in the back that seems disproportionate to the amount of buns they sell. Where does the rest of the food go?

          More importantly, most people take out from the front counter and miss the really good stuff on their menu. The duck is okay, but the Wine Sauce Chicken is excellent. I like the sea bass as well, but highly recommend the wonton noodle soup. The wontons are absolutely delicious, stuffed with shrimp (although 3 - 4 times the size of the Asian version). If you really want to go native, their beef tendon is pretty outstanding as well.

          Eat there, don't just take out.

          1. re: discus

            Apparently that huge bakery was once their fortune cookie factory, which got so big and successful that it outgrew the space and they had to move the factory to a new building on Minnehaha.


            1. re: discus

              If I recall correctly, Keefer Court also supplied/supplies buns for Pagoda in Dinkytown.