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Posted by Anonymous on 03/03/2011
My family used to order from JC back in the day (15+ years ago), and they had very good food, good prices, specials and good portions. After talking the place up to some visiting friends, we decided to order up food for 4 people. They don't issue prices in ads or menus----and that is because the prices are off-puttingly HIGH, were you to look at them in print. I had to ask for the prices of each item as I ordered and before they had taken the entire order, the total was over $60! SIXTY DOLLARS, for food for four. Determined to see the idea through and not wanting to lose face, I went ahead and asked them to deliver it.... Well over an hour later the food showed up. Cold. No noodles. Almost no sauce packets. Portions are small for the price. It didn't look very good and it tasted old, like it had been re-heated. I was embarrassed and felt cheated. JC's was at one time even better than most places in Chinatown. Now, it's a sad, expensive shadow of its former self.
Posted by Kathy on 09/09/2010
I ordered Kung Pao Chicken, Shrimp with Cashews and 2 Spring rolls. The Chicken was in thin slices, all vegetables, no spice or flavor at all, there were only 5 shrimp, a few sprinkles of cashews and loads of veggies. The Spring roll looked like an eggroll, was doughy and the only thing inside was shredded cabbage.
Posted by Justin in S. Philly on 05/22/2010
I just ordered take out from JC's and let me tell you, it's some of the best Chinese I've ever eaten. I got the Gen. JC's Chicken ( Gen. Tso's). Delicious! They also gave me a sample of reg wings to try. Also delicious. I was really surprised to read some of the past reviews, but as of today, check them out. I know I'll be back!
Posted by South Philly Food Eater on 08/06/2009
The food at JC Chinese Restaurant keeps getting worse and worse. It was good - years ago. But not anymore. Something has changed for the worse. Sometimes their delivery arrives practically cold. No complimentary fried noodles. Only one packet each of Soy Sauce, Mustard, and Duck Sauce. No complimentary Fortune Cookies. If you want hot and spicy seasoning for a dish not advertised as hot and spicy they charge you extra money. They charge extra for everything. The beef in the beef dishes is fatty and gristly. The chicken in the chicken dishes is cheap quality, old, and strong tasting chicken. The scallops are not cleaned properly. Even something as simple as pork with garlic sauce is bad tasting; tough, cheap cut of pork, burnt garlic, no vegetables. Sometimes they don't even send a pint of rice. Most of the soups are made with some sort of gelatin that gets like jello consistency. Many of the sauces on the chicken, beef, and pork dishes also have this gooey gelatin stuff. The curry has this terrible "off" taste. JC's food is, quite simply, not good anymore. All of the food is much too expensive for such poor tasting food. It's a shame. JC's was, at one time, the best Chinese restaurant in Philly. Not any more.
Posted by V. Shields on 07/14/2009
Years ago I used to order from JC's it was one of the best for chinese food. Last evening my children and I wanted the taste of good chinese food so we forego our ordinary takeout place and ordered Take out from JC. The food was disappointing. I paid $35 for 3 containers of food we could barely reconize. The beef and mushrooms looked like a carton for brown slop with mushrooms, the chicken in garlic sauce was so dark we thought it was the beef and the sweet and sour shrimp was already in the sauce so it was just a soggy mess. Oh and i guess to save money we only got one qt of rice to go with our food. But they managed to slurge on the 3 packs of soy sauce, 3 packs of duck sauce and 3 packs of mustard to go with each qt of food I ordered. I told my daughters we will never be ordering from them again
Posted by anonymous on 06/27/2009
The food here is slightly above-average, but definintley not worth the price. For all the $$ they charge, they don't even throw in any "extras" : no fortune cookie, no hard noodles for the wonton soup.. ?? anyway, it's a shame because they do have some of the better chicken fried rice around.
Posted by South Philly Patron on 05/21/2009
JC Chinese Restaurant has been in existence for about 50 years in South Philly. We have eaten there for about the last 30 years. JC's used to be the best Chinese Restaurant in Philly. They deliver late at night, and they usually deliver within a reasonable amount of time (30-45 minutes), which means their food is usually still hot in temperature. Here of late, the food quality has continued to become poor quality. I don't know if they have new owners, new management, or if they are starting to buy inferior quality food. sold at a premium price in order to make a greater profit. They are very expensive for a Chinese restaurant. Everything is a la carte. Very expensive for a Chinese place. They only prepare some dishes in pint size, despite the fact that their menu states: "Pints available In Most Dishes." It is pretty much their way or no way. The customer-facing employees on the telephone are extremely nice, but JC's food is currently, in 2009, is of very poor quality. Still, JC is world's better than Johnny Chang's.