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Posted by best china inn on 01/17/2014
The house fried rice was old and seem to be cooked in old oil. The was very dark in color and the taste was not great. The spareribs with black bean sauce over rice was very salty and the spareribs were just little broken pieces of pork with bones. First and last time.
Posted by anonymous on 09/18/2009
Three years ago, their food was carefully prepared and tasty. I regularly ordered chicken dishes and found the meat to be fresh and of high quality. Over the last eighteen months or so that has dramatically changed. The terriyaki chicken will test your meat-identification abilities. When China Inn was good, this dish was delightful. The chicken was tasty strips of white meat on skewers. Sometimes a little dry but okay. In the last year or so I have ordered it and had to throw some or all of it out each time. First time, well, anyone can have a bad night. Second time, my bad luck. Third time -- this is a sign that something has changed in their kitchen. On one occasion a second chicken dish besides the terriyaki had strings of supposed chicken in it that were like strips of chewed up leather. The third time, which was tonight, I had five skewers of "chicken" all of it looking like the darkest, most grisled lumpy meat I had ever seen. It was so unappetizing that I can only conclude that whoever is in charge at China Inn doesn't really care about the product. I have given them a lot of chances, but I will never order from this place again.
Posted by Hungry Grad Student on 07/30/2008
The food I've had from China Inn has always been fresh and hot and is cooked well. The meat isn't that strange sort of "what part of what animal did this come from?" that I've had at other similar restaurants and I've been generally satisfied with most of what I've eaten. The portions are generous, considering the quality and price, and the food is ready in a timely manner when I pick it up.
Posted by rebecca c. holla on 02/19/2007
The first time I walked in here, my expectations weren't too high. All the signs of gross Chinese takeout were there: backlit pictures of menu items, dingy white paint, metal gates, and what looked like bullet proof glass. The menu was the only thing that revealed that this wasn't your typical takeout. In addition to all the typical Chinese-American mainstays, their is also an extensive selection of vegetarian specialties including veggie beef, chicken, and pork. The food was equally exceptional. The vegetables were fresh and cooked to perfection. The veggie beef and chicken are delicious in their own right. (though if you are looking for convincing meat imitations, look elsewhere). The service is usually fast and always friendly, whether you are getting takeout or delivery. Some exceptional dishes are the veggie Szechuan beef, which is balanced in flavor and accompanied by plenty of vegetables, and the veggie Sesame chicken, which is almost too sweet but very satisfying. Egg rolls and spring rolls are crispy, greasy, and great. Avoid the sweet and sour shrimp, which was just plain weird. Without a doubt, this is my favorite Chinese takeout place ever.