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NormanPaperman
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March 19, 2009 3:58 pm  

Has anyone tried this place? How is it? Is it owned/managed by the same individuals that ran Golden Wok?


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jones_st.croix
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March 19, 2009 4:47 pm  

I haven't gone back to eat there since they started putting the food under the hot lamps in the front. The portion sizes have dropped dramatically as well. I'll go back if they ever bring back their $7.99 lunch special. I just wish someone could make good fried rice on this island. Makes me miss the states.


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NormanPaperman
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March 19, 2009 4:55 pm  

is it all buffet style? Can I order dinner a la carte?


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gregd
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March 19, 2009 8:08 pm  

You can order off the menu or from the buffet. It is very good, just ate there Tuesday for lunch and very much enjoyed it, by the way lunch was only $10.00 including drink from the buffet.


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March 19, 2009 8:34 pm  

i heard?????that when the owner went to the states for medical reasons a relative took over without the owner knowing about it. heard there was a big stink about the whole thing. we have not been there in awhile. we used to like it. heard the new guy really changed things.


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March 20, 2009 1:41 pm  

2 hot items for $4.99. better than a trip to Mc Donalds.


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March 20, 2009 2:58 pm  

I never cared for it under the old management. We'll give it another go.


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speee1dy
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March 20, 2009 3:40 pm  

what type of items can you get 2 for 4.99? loved the food spicy food was actually spicy, prices were too high before. i have been wanting to go, will wait for mom to get into town.


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Bombi
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March 20, 2009 5:37 pm  

You have a choice of 3-4 meat items , veggies and rice for 4,99


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jones_st.croix
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March 20, 2009 6:23 pm  

The price sounds good but the portion size is very small. It comes in a little bowl about the size of children's bowls. It's about the fourth the size of the old $7.99 special. If you don't have a big appitite than it would be great. I guess i'm just bitter about the old seseme chicken special being gone.


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March 23, 2009 5:51 pm  

as far as i was told, they just cook and reheat food there. not clean. i found cockroaches. not going back.


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March 23, 2009 5:57 pm  

i've been there. food has been cooked and reheat all the time. i know the old owner and now the brother is running it. i heard they don't get along. anyway, the place is not clean. i am not going back there.


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Betty
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March 23, 2009 7:01 pm  

Heard it was the same family that owns the one in Sunny Isle and the work out place in orange grove. How they set up the food now seems the same to me as the sunny isle locale.


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Yearasta
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March 23, 2009 10:02 pm  

Here is my take on this restaurant...today we ordered..General Tso's Chicken, Pepper Steak, Curry Chicken and an order of steamed dumplings...we paid $56 dollars...and this was take out!

The food was not that very good and definitely not 56 dollar good....we get the same thing from Beijing house (Zion Farm shopping center) on the way home from work and it's $26 dollars.

My favorite for Chinese remains Beijing House.


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speee1dy
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March 24, 2009 10:55 am  

never been to beijing house, is the spicy food really spicy. some places its not. we usually go to the one by pueblo and blockbuster. the owner is very nice.


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nforbes
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March 24, 2009 1:08 pm  

Thank you! their food is really expensive. Chinese food is supposed to be inexpensive for a lot of food. We went a week or so ago and wanted to sub lo mein for rice. Most times, this is a $1-2 sub. She brought out the platter and told us that would be $16.95. We said we weren't paying that, b/c no one told us and that was really expensive for what we wanted (just a side of lo mein instead of rice). The Manager couldn't understand the issue we were having so he couldn't help the waitress who made the mistake in the first place. When i had asked the waitress what one of the items was, she said "i don't know. Cashews?" and waited for me to pick something else so she wouldn't have to ask. I know it wasn't Cashew Chicken...because that was 2 lines down. For 3 dinners, plus 2 soups and some sodas the check was over $70. I'd rather go to Bacchus than spend $70 on chinese food that wasn't even that good to begin with. Oh, we were the ONLY table and customers in the place, so i can't even blame it on them being busy.


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March 24, 2009 1:33 pm  

I've had decent experiences here. First, the guy who looks to be running the place is the same now as it was a few weeks ago before the name change. The buffet up front is simliar to what I get in most city Chinese places for lunch for take out, only its 3 times the cost. Still, when I get the urge, $10 gets me a huge pile of food so I won't complain (cheaper than $500 to fly back to DC). The quality is exactly like what I'd get at my $3.50 buffet in DC...tasty, but questionable in quality. The deciding factor for me is that its fast, I can drive there from my office in town, get my lunch, and be back in the office eating it quicker than I can at most places in town.

Before it changed I went for lunch and enjoyed a nice sit down Chinese meal with Iced Tea and entrees served on real plates for $10-11. Other than the usual problems with slow service it was really enjoyable. I'm not sure if they are still doing the sit down lunch specials but I thought they were a really good deal.

I think the food here tastes more like stateside Chinese than Bejing or the other places I've been on the island. It sounds like others have had bad experiences which is a shame, in all I've been happy with this place and hope it continues under the new name.

Sean


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Yearasta
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March 24, 2009 3:09 pm  

Speee1dy...sorry to say but I have yet to find Chinese food stated as "spicy" that is actually spicy


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speee1dy
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March 24, 2009 3:37 pm  

yearasta-only in the states i guess.


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nforbes
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March 24, 2009 4:14 pm  

Agreed, Yearasta. Why is it that the General Tso chicken (supposed to be and is indicated to be spicy) tastes exactly like sesame chicken, minus the seeds?


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Yearasta
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March 24, 2009 8:59 pm  

You nailed it on the head with the Gen Tso's chicken....and yep in the states when you order something with 1 or 2 little pictures of a chile you know your mouth is going to be on fire...3 chiles.....look out!


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March 25, 2009 1:30 am  

even though it might not be traditonal Thai food ,if you ask for it to be "Thai Hot" it typically comes much hotter than normal. Sometimes stateside when we say that it is waaaayyy hotter than i can handle! the thai hot usually works for us, let me know if it works for you....and good luck (in the morning 🙂 )
this is why we have learned to cook Thai at home and buy Thai herbs/peppers online.....ahhhh yummmy


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