Asian Restaurant Ratings by City

A Review of Restaurants Tried


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ASIAN RESTAURANT REVIEWS BY STATE (No. of Reviews)


Arizona (3)  | Colorado (1)  | District of Columbia (2)  | Florida (5)  | Idaho (4)  | Illinois (1)  | Montana (2)  | Nevada (1)  | New Mexico (15)  | Oklahoma (47)  | Oregon (4)  | Texas (74)  | Utah (6)  | Washington (55)  | CLOSED


Arizona
Restaurant
Address
Neighborhood
Rating Type Times Tried/
Last Tried
Tea MSG Comments
China Phoenix Restaurant
7090 N. Oracle Rd.
Tucson, AZ
C 1
2007
Jasmine
(loose leaves)
No Very good restaurant serving traditional Cantonese style food (not Americanized). . . Full Review
Dao's Tai Pan's
446 N. Wilmot Rd.
Tucson, AZ
V 1
2007
Jasmine Yes Good and fresh Vietnamese food with a large menu. . . Full Review
Seri Melaka Malaysian & Chinese Cuisine
6133 E. Broadway Blvd.
Tucson, AZ
M 1
2007
Jasmine
(loose leaves)
No Malaysian restaurant that serves the "real deal". . . Full Review

Colorado
Restaurant
Address
Neighborhood
Rating Type Times Tried/
Last Tried
Tea MSG Comments
Thai Pepper
109 E.Laurel
Fort Collins, CO
T 1
2003
Jasmine
(bags)
No The menu looks exceptional, and it was recommended by people in town. The peanut sauce was very good. . . Full Review

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District of Columbia
Restaurant
Address
Neighborhood
Rating Type Times Tried/
Last Tried
Tea MSG Comments
Hunan Chinatown
624 H St. NW
Washington, DC
C 1
1995
N/A N/A Some of the best Chinese food I've ever had.
Thaitown
2655 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC
T 2
1995
N/A N/A Some of the best Thai food I've had. Nothing fancy, just good food.

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Florida
Restaurant
Address
Neighborhood
Rating Type Times Tried/
Last Tried
Tea MSG Comments
China's 9 Dragons
EPCOT
Walt Disney World
Lake Buena Vista, FL
C 1
2003
N/A N/A I have seen really bad reviews of all the food at EPCOT, including this restaurant, but I thought the food here was genuinely good. . . Full Review
Mitsukoshi Teppan Yaki Dining Room
EPCOT
Walt Disney World
Lake Buena Vista, FL
J 1
2003
Green
(brewed)
No I was disappointed with this restaurant about as much as I was pleased with China's 9 Dragons. . . Full Review
Kobe Japanese Steak House
8350 International Dr.
Orlando, FL
J 1
2003
Green
(brewed)
House
No This is one case where the sushi is better than the cooked food, and is truly excellent. . . Full Review
Ming Court
9188 International Dr.
Orlando, FL
C 1
2003
N/A N/A Excellent food, but it either has problems with the wait staff or in the kitchen (I never figured out which). . . Full Review
Siam Garden
1111 W. Webster Ave.
Winter Park, FL
T 1
2003
N/A N/A The entree was somewhat disappointing, but the soup was excellent. This is a "down home" Thai restaurant. . . Full Review

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Idaho
Restaurant
Address
Neighborhood
Rating Type Times Tried/
Last Tried
Tea MSG Comments
Siam Thai Restaurant
590 E. Boise Ave.
Boise, ID
T 1
2006
Jasmine
(brewed)
House
No Very good and authentic tasting Thai food with complex flavors, large servings, and good selection. . . Full Review
Canton Restaurant
133 N. 4th St.
Coeur d'Alene, ID
C 1
2003
Oolong
(brewed)
House
Yes Americanized Chinese food with good egg drop soup. . . Full Review
Takara
309 Lakeside
Coeur d'Alene, ID
J 2
2003
Green
(brewed)
House
No This is one of the best Japanese restaurants I've ever been to. . . Full Review
A Taste of Thai
837 Poleline Rd.
Twin Falls, ID
T 1
2003
Jasmine
(brewed)
House
No I was surprised to find such a good Thai restaurant in a town like Twin Falls. Full Review

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Illinois
Restaurant
Address
Neighborhood
Rating Type Times Tried/
Last Tried
Tea MSG Comments
Dao Thai
230 E. Ohio St.
Chicago, IL
T 1
1993
N/A N/A One of my first experiences with "real" Thai food. It was a few blocks farther west before moving to its current location. The thing I remember most is the Thai style soups. The food seemed to be on par with some of the best I have had in other cities.

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Montana
Restaurant
Address
Neighborhood
Rating Type Times Tried/
Last Tried
Tea MSG Comments
Mayflower of China
1720 Grand Ave.
Billings, MT
C 1
2003
Oolong
(bags)
Yes It seems to have the largest menu selection in Billings, particularly for tofu dishes. but the food did not live up to expectations. . . Full Review
Hong Kong Chef
2009 Brooks St.
Missoula, MT
C 1
2003
Jasmine
(bags)
No This restaurant has some of the best Chinese food I've had anywhere, with very authentic sauces. . . Full Review

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Nevada
Restaurant
Address
Neighborhood
Rating Type Times Tried/
Last Tried
Tea MSG Comments
Osaka
4205 W. Sahara Ave.
Las Vegas, NV
J 1
2000
N/A N/A I had salmon teriyaki and sushi, and was pleased with both. The salmon was not as fresh as can be found in Seattle, but the teriyaki sauce was very flavorful and better than in many Seattle restaurants. The sushi was surprisingly good, and matched the quality I found on The Strip (I had sushi on Las Vegas Boulevard, but don't remember the name of the place, so I can't post it). Osaka is really one of the best Japanese restaurants I have experienced.

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New Mexico
Restaurant
Address
Neighborhood
Rating Type Times Tried/
Last Tried
Tea MSG Comments
Golden Palace Restaurant
700 E. 1st St.
Alamogordo, NM
C 1
2006
Jasmine (bags) Yes One of the many Alamogordo Chinese buffet restaurants, but some menu items are exceptional and very authentic. The Friday night seafood buffet has some very good items. . . Full Review
ABC Chinese Restaurant
8720 Menaul Blvd. NE
Albuquerque, NM
C 1
2006
Oolong (brewed) Yes ABC is a very authentic and flavorful Cantonese style Chinese restaurant, with the standard Americanized dishes thrown in for those who want them. . . Full Review
Bamboo Garden
1511 S. Canal
Carlsbad, NM
C 2
2002
N/A Yes The buffet is very popular, but I would only order from the menu because of the MSG. Vegetarian dishes are available, but it does not taste as if they have a whole lot of practice preparing them.
Saeng's Orient
19 Lasso Rd.
Clovis, NM
T 3+
2010
Jasmine (bags) Yes This is a very flavorful and authentic Thai restaurant located just north of the Cannon Air Force Base entrance west of the city of Clovis. They use a "Thai spicy scale" (not an Americanized one). . . Full Review
Shogun Japanese Steak House
600 Pile St.
Clovis, NM
J 1
2004
Green (bags) No I found it to be uninspired Japanese food, but with good quality meat. . . Full Review
Chinese Kitchen
400 N. Turner St.
Hobbs, NM
C 3+
2003
N/A N/A The buffet is a good deal, but you'll get really good food if you order from the menu. I thought the lo mein was exceptional. . . Full Review
Mi Won
1518 E. Marland
Hobbs, NM
C 3+
2001
N/A N/A Good food, but not as flavorful as the Chinese Kitchen. Vegetarian dishes are available. The internet yellow pages have this restaurant in the wrong location--it is on US 62/180 east.
Dynasty Chinese Cuisine
1210 El Paseo Rd.
Las Cruces, NM
C 3+
2007
Jasmine
(bags)
Yes Home of a giant buffet and a relatively small menu selection of the pretty standard items. I was impressed, though, with the Cantonese style pan fried noodles. . . Full Review
Lemongrass
2450 El Paseo Rd.
Las Cruces, NM
T 3+
2005
Jasmine
(bags)
No The phad thai is fresh with a good flavor, and is an even better experience because of the Thai chiles and fish sauce available to add to the dish. The main problem with the restaurant is that it mainly consists of dishes that are made safe for American tastes. . . Full Review
Mix Pacific Rim Cuisine
1001 University Ave.
Las Cruces, NM
J/O 1
2003
Green
(bags)
No Mix is primarily a Japanese restaurant, with items from several other Asian countries represented on the menu. . . Full Review
Mix Express Asian Bistro
1001 University Ave.
Las Cruces, NM
J 1
2005
Iced Tea No Mix Express serves Japanese "fast food" such as tempura, yakisoba, teriyaki, etc. . . Full Review
Oriental King
2404 S. Locust
Las Cruces, NM
C 1
2005
Jasmine
(bags)
Yes A small restaurant near the NMSU campus, it mainly serves Cantonese dishes with a few Sichuanese plates. . . Full Review
Oriental Palace
225 E. Idaho
Las Cruces, NM
C 1
2006
Oolong
(brewed)
house
Yes An inexpensive Americanized Chinese restaurant with chow mein, egg fu yung, and sweet and sour being prominent on the menu. . . Full Review
Hong Kong Super Buffet
113 N. Chicago Ave.
Portales, NM
C 3+
2010
Jasmine (bags) Yes Super buffet with some pretty good food, but the best dishes are the ones not on the menu, but specially prepared when the customers requests more authentic Chinese food. . . Full Review
Great Wall of China
2913 Sudderth Dr.
Ruidoso, NM
C 3+
2010
Jasmine
(brewed)
Yes The Great Wall of China is a moderately priced, rather upscale Chinese restaurant, serves both full and half orders, has a sushi bar daily, serves wine and beer, and if there is anything else you want (and enough customers request it), they will probably add it. Specializes in Hunan and Szechuan style. . . Full Review

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Oklahoma
Restaurant
Address
Neighborhood
Rating Type Times Tried/
Last Tried
Tea MSG Comments
Lai Thai
7419 NW 23rd St.
Bethany, OK
T 3+
2008
Jasmine
(bags)
No Lunch specials are cheap and dinners are not much more expensive. Serves good pad kee mao and Thai tea. . . Full Review
Dot Wo
64 E. 33rd St.
Edmond, OK
C 3+
2009
Jasmine
(bags)
Yes There is no buffet, and the menu offers some very good and authentic Chinese dishes. Banquet meals are available for large groups who want traditional Chinese family style meals. . . Full Review
House of Hunan
2137 W. Edmond Rd.
Edmond, OK
C 1
2008
Jasmine
(bags)
Yes Suburban Chinese restaurant with a "secret" Chinese menu of very good items. . . Full Review
Lemongrass Thai
253 S. Santa Fe Ave.
Edmond, OK
T 1
2008
Jasmine No Good food with a "real" Thai taste. . . Full Review
Mr. Sushi
214 S. Santa Fe Ave.
Edmond, OK
J 1
2008
Green No Very good sushi with fresh fish. There is not much else on the menu, though. . . Full Review
Siam Cafe
1708 E. 2nd St.
Edmond, OK
T 1
2008
Thai Tea No A small Thai restaurant on the east side of Edmond with good food and reasonable prices. . . Full Review
Thai Palace
308 W. Edmond Rd.
Edmond, OK
T 3+
2009
Jasmine
(loose leaves)
No This is an immaculately clean place with excellent food, made to order. If you want it prepared a certain way or with certain ingredients, just ask. The 80+ menu items are just a starting point from which you can begin to create your own Thai concoctions. Probably the most authentic tasting Thai food I have found in the Southwest. . . Full Review
Zen Asian Dining
3209 S. Broadway Ave.
Edmond, OK
C 1
2008
Jasmine
(brewed)
N/A Asian restaurant that serves Chinese, Thai, Japanese, and Vietnamese. . . Full Review
Fusion Caf
1224 N. Broadway Ave.
Moore, OK
K 1
2008
Green Iced Tea No Home cooked style Korean dishes with Japanese food also available. . . Full Review
Panda Garden
3720 W. Robinson
Norman, OK
C 1
1999
N/A
Yes This is one of the few places where I actually enjoyed the buffet. If they use MSG it wasn't enough to bother me.
Ajanta Cuisine of India
12215 N. Pennsylvania Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK
I 3+
2009
Chai/ Masala Tea No Pretty good quality Indian food. It is fairly spicy, but not at the level of south Indian food. They have put a lot of emphasis on the decor, so it is more of a "dining experience" restaurant than a "neighborhood ethnic" joint. . . Full Review
Baluu's Restaurant
7925 N.W. 10th St.
Oklahoma City, OK
V 3
2009
Jasmine
(bags)
Yes Specializes in Vietnamese dishes, such as pho and vermicelli noodle bowls. Serves American food, including breakfast . . . Full Review
Bangkok
7906 N. MacArthur
Oklahoma City, OK
T 3+
2009
Jasmine
(loose leaves)
Yes In Spring 2006 the long time owners left, with the "new" restaurant possibly being even better than before. This has become one of the most authentic Thai restaurants in OKC. . . Full Review
Bnh Cun Ty H
2524 N. Military
Oklahoma City, OK
V 3+
2008
Jasmine
(loose leaves)
Yes Has a wide variety of cheap, good, and authentic tasting Vietnamese dishes. Bnh cun (rice sheet wraps) are very good. . . Full Review
Canton
2908 N. MacArthur
Oklahoma City, OK
C 1
2004
Oolong
(brewed)
Yes Good and cheap Cantonese food. The oolong tea served is one of the better ones I've tried. . . Full Review
Charm Thai Cuisine
5805 N. W. 50th St.
Oklahoma City, OK
T 1
2009
Thai tea No Flavorful, authentic Thai food with a fairly extensive menu. . . Full Review
China House
12400 N. May Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK
C 1
2006
Jasmine
(bags)
No A take-out Chinese restaurant that has six tables for dining in. The food is fresh, but I think the sauce does not have much flavor. . . Full Review
Chow's Chinese Restaurant
3033 N. May Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK
C 3+
2009
Jasmine
(brewed)
Yes Probably the most authentic and best Chinese restaurant in OKC. Large variety of menu items, and all have been good. Open only for dinner and all day Sunday. . . Full Review
Dot Wo
3101 N. Portland Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK
C 3+
2009
Jasmine
(bags)
Yes This restaurant is very popular with the Chinese community, with authentic Cantonese and Hong Kong style dishes. There is an extensive menu of Chinese-style seafood dishes, and other items. . . Full Review
(Also in Edmond and south OKC).
Fortune Chinese Restaurant
12315 N. Rockwell Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK
C 3+
2009
Jasmine
(bags)
Yes A neighborhood restaurant that prepares special orders for more authentic Chinese food. . . Full Review
Fung's Kitchen
1500 N.W. 23rd St.
Oklahoma City, OK
C 3+
2008
Jasmine
(bags)
Yes The more authentic Chinese version of the Dot Wo restaurants. . . Full Review
Golden Dragon
5934 N.W. 122nd
Oklahoma City, OK
N/A C 3+
2009
Jasmine
(loose leaves)
Yes A neighborhood restaurant known for cheap lunch specials. I go for special order Shanghai style food (not on the menu). . . Full Review
Golden Phoenix Chinese B.B.Q.
2728 N. Classen Blvd.
Oklahoma City, OK
V 3+
2009
Jasmine
(loose leaves)
House
Yes Golden Phoenix (formerly known as First Chinese B-B-Q) is known for the barbecued ducks hanging at the counter, a large number of menu items, and authentic food. . . Full Review
Gopuram
4559 N.W. 23rd St.
Oklahoma City, OK
I 3+
2009
Chai No The lunch and dinner buffets have good selections, but I think food ordered from the kitchen is better. Best item from the buffet is chicken tikka masala. . . Full Review
Grand House China Bistro
2701 N. Classen
Oklahoma City, OK
C 3+
2009
Jasmine
(brewed)
Yes Grand House has a selection and quality that is far above most other Chinese restaurants. Some excellent menu items include noodle soup, clay pot dishes, and tofu with XO sauce. Dim sum is served Sat. and Sun. lunch. . . Full Review
Grand Village Chinese Restaurant
2336 N.W. 23rd St.
Oklahoma City, OK
C 3+
2009
Jasmine
(loose leaves)
No An authentic Cantonese style restaurant with excellent food. Does not have a separate Chinese menu because the regular one contains a number of good choices. . . Full Review
Hunan
10948 N. May Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK
C 3+
2009
Jasmine (brewed) Yes Some of the special dishes here are exceptional--the family style tofu is one of the best I've ever eaten. Kung-po chicken is probably the best of the regular menu items that are most commonly found in Chinese restaurants. The buffet is better than average. In 2009 it moved from its long time location in Casady Square to N. May & Hefner Blvd. . . . Full Review
Hunan Garden
9218 N. Council
Oklahoma City, OK
C 3+
2006
Oolong
(bags)
Yes Most people go for the buffet, although there is an extensive menu. . . Full Review
Hunan Wok
6812 NW Expressway
Oklahoma City, OK
C 3+
2008
Jasmine
(bags)
No I have had very good family style tofu here, but it is best with black bean sauce. The owners say for authentic Chinese you should order moo shu pork, orange peel chicken, or Szechuan shrimp. . . Full Review
Kha Zana Indian Grill
4900 N. May Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK
I 3+
2009
Chai No One of the better Indian restaurants in the city with good spices. . . Full Review
Kim Wah
2925 W. Britton Rd.
Oklahoma City, OK
V 3+
2008
Jasmine
(bags)
Yes The vermicelli noodle dishes are some of the best I have had anywhere. The only problem is that there are very few other Vietnamese items served except pho. Hot and sour soup is one of the best. There is a Chinese buffet. . . Full Review
Korean B-Won Restaurant
4517 S. Sunnylane
Oklahoma City, OK
K 1
2005
Korean
(bags)
No Excellent kimchee that tastes home made. I was impressed with the side dishes. There is a good selection of main dishes, and the one I tried was excellent. . . Full Review
Lido
2518 N. Military Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK
V 3+
2006
Jasmine
(bags)
Yes The original and one of the best Vietnamese restaurants in OKC. Lunch primarily consists of Vietnamese noodle dishes and Chinese food. Dinner menu has more items, including some French dishes. . . Full Review
Little Sala Thai
1428 W. Britton Rd.
Oklahoma City, OK
T 3+
2009
Thai tea No Little Sala Thai is a branch of the original Sala Thai on N.W. 23rd St., and is better than most Thai Restaurants. . . Full Review
Lotus Mandarin
5928 NW 38th St.
Oklahoma City, OK
C 3+
2008
Jasmine
(bags)
Yes Szechuan shredded pork is one of my favorites, and can be substituted with chicken or tofu. Lotus Mandarin offers an extensive and reasonably priced menu of Szechuan and Hunan style food. Hot and sour soup is one of the best in town. . . Full Review
Mr. Phő
1133 NW 25th St.
Oklahoma City, OK
V 2
2006
Jasmine
(bags)
Yes Located next to the large Cao Nguyen super market, it is a small family run restaurant with a larger menu than just pho. The tofu with lemongrass and peppers I tried was very good. . . Full Review
Musashi's Japanese Steakhouse
4315 N. Western
Oklahoma City, OK
J 1
2003
Green
(brewed)
House
No A teppan grill place is my least favorite kind of Japanese restaurant (I think it is actually an American invention), so I was a tough customer when I walked in. However, given the flawed premise of the restaurant, they did an excellent job of making the experience a good one. . . Full Review
Phő Cung
3016 N. Classen Blvd.
Oklahoma City, OK
V 2
2009
Jasmine Yes In addition to pho, has a great variety of Vietnamese dishes from both the north and south. . . Full Review
Phő Ha
901 N.W. 23rd St.
Oklahoma City, OK
V 3+
2008
Jasmine Yes Very good pho restaurant with a large variety of styles. . . Full Review
Phő Nomenal
7504 N. May Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK
V 1
2009
Jasmine
(bags)
Yes Large variety of pho and other soups. . . Full Review
Sala Thai
1614 NW 23rd St.
Oklahoma City, OK
T 3+
2007
Jasmine
(bags)
No Although I like just about all Thai food I eat, Sala Thai is better than most, and is more authentic. . . Full Review
Speedy Wok
11122 N. Rockwell Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK
C 3+
2009
Jasmine
(bags)
No A small Chinese restaurant that primarily serves take-out. Lo mein and other dishes are good. Wonton soup is very good. . . Full Review
Sushi Neko
4316 N. Western
Oklahoma City, OK
J 2
2006
Green
(brewed)
House
No Best sushi in OKC and overall very good food. . . Full Review
Tai Pei
5005 N. MacArthur
Oklahoma City, OK
C 3+
2006
Jasmine
(bags)
Yes Dirt cheap restaurant with good Cantonese food. . . Full Review
Tana Thai Bistro
10700 N. May Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK
T 3+
2009
Green
(bags)/ Thai Tea
No Small menu selection, but good quality with strong Thai flavors. . . Full Review
Thai Garden
3913 S. Western Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK
T 2
2008
Thai Tea No Good home made style Thai food. . . Full Review
Thai House Restaurant
4548 N.W. 23rd St.
Oklahoma City, OK
T 3+
2009
Thai Tea No Shrimp dishes are very good. Has a larger than normal menu selection. The Lao style papaya salad is good. . . Full Review
Thai Stop
14101 N. May Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK
T 3+
2009
Jasmine
(bags)
Yes Has the same owners as Bangkok Restaurant, and serves many of the same dishes. Thai hot and sour soup is excellent, made from a family recipe. . . Full Review
Tokyo
7516 N. Western Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK
J 3+
2009
Green
(brewed)
House
No Excellent lunch combinations are available, with katsu, udon, salmon teriyaki, and other dishes being especially good. The sushi here is about as good as anywhere in the Southwest. . . Full Review
Yamato
7101 Northwest Expressway
Oklahoma City, OK
J 2
2009
Ice tea No This is a Japanese steakhouse, which is not really Japanese at all but is a good way to get your daily allotment of meat (plus about three additional days' worth). . . Full Review
China King Super Buffet
310 N. Washington St.
Weatherford, OK
C 1
2006
Jasmine
(bags)
No Good buffet with no MSG. Some dishes are Fuzhou style from China. . . Full Review
Young China
205 W. Main St.
Weatherford, OK
C 2
2005
Oolong
(brewed)
No More authentic (and flavorful) than anyplace I've found in western Oklahoma. Good lunch buffet with no MSG. . . Full Review
Kim Son
1103 S. Cornwell
Yukon, OK
C 3+
2007
Oolong
(brewed)
No Has some good dishes. Cheap prices, and fairly large menu selection (although it is lacking is some of the more exotic Chinese dishes). Has both lunch and dinner buffet. . . Full Review

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Oregon
Restaurant
Address
Neighborhood
Rating Type Times Tried/
Last Tried
Tea MSG Comments
Hong Kong
2813 Marine Dr.
Astoria, OR
C 1
2003
Oolong
(brewed)
House
N/A Very good flavor, but I was disappointed in the menu selection. Very good hot and sour soup. . . Full Review
Golden Crown Restaurant
1726 Campbell St.
Baker City, OR
C 2
2006
Oolong
(brewed)
House
N/A The chef is able to prepare more authentic and imaginative dishes than the ones listed on the menu. . . Full Review
Great Wall
4340 Highway 101 N.
Gearhart, OR
C 1
2003
Oolong
(brewed)
House
No If you're in the Astoria area this is one of the best places to go because of the menu selection (particularly vegetarian dishes) and the price. Sauces are equally good as the Hong Kong in Astoria. . . Full Review
Golden Harvest
214 Greenwood St.

La Grande, OR

C 1
2003
N/A N/A The food is good quality, but it seems to have the standard non-spicy (and not too interesting) menu items. . . Full Review

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Texas
Restaurant
Address
Neighborhood
Rating Type Times Tried/
Last Tried
Tea MSG Comments
Szechuan
3309 South 1st St.
Abilene, TX
C 2
2008
Jasmine
(bags)
Yes I thoroughly enjoyed the food and I thought the Mandarin brown sauce rated 5 stars.. . . Full Review
Bangkok
5901 E. Amarillo Blvd.
Amarillo, TX
C 2
2009
Jasmine
(bags)
No Serves good Thai food. It even made eggplant taste good. . . Full Review
China Star
6721 I-40 West
Amarillo, TX
C 1
2003
Jasmine No Most people eat from the buffet (it has no MSG). The menu is extensive, and would also be a good choice. . . Full Review
King and I
2300 Bell
Amarillo, TX
T 3+
2001
N/A N/A This restaurant has all the traditional Thai dishes and is more "upscale" than the Thai House (but this is Amarillo, so how upscale can it be?). It's open for the normal hours at lunch and dinner, but is closed in between, and on Sunday.
Ly's Cafe
5615 E. Amarillo Blvd.
Amarillo, TX
L 1
2009
Jasmine/ Thai Tea No Authentic Lao food, with Thai and Chinese also available. . . Full Review
Super Bowl Noodles
810 Columbine St.
Amarillo, TX
L 1
2008
Thai Tea No Lao food served along with Vietnamese noodles. . . Full Review
Thai House
5601 E. Amarillo Blvd.
Amarillo, TX
T/L 3+
2005
Jasmine
(bags)
No Good phad thai, but other Thai dishes I've tried have been average. Some Lao dishes are on the menu. . . Full Review
China Palace
6605 Airport
Austin, TX
North
C 1
2002
N/A Yes The staff is very helpful (more than just about any restaurant I've been to), and will try their best to cook a dish you like, even if it's not on the menu. A lunch buffet is available, and looks very good (but I didn't eat it because of the MSG). The lunch item I ordered was good but not great. I believe it serves some more traditional and authentic Chinese dishes that are now my favorites but at the time I didn't know enough about Chinese cuisine to order them (they probably would have been better than what I ordered).
Chinatown
3407 Greystone Dr.
Austin, TX
North
C 3+
2003
Oolong
(bags)
No This restaurant has some of the most delicious Chinese food anywhere, especially the kung pao sauce, brown sauce, etc. . . Full Review
Kyoto
315 Congress
Austin, TX
Downtown
J 1
2003
Green
(brewed)
No The teriyaki salmon was very fresh--did not have a fishy taste at all--but was the ordinary Atlantic salmon. The teriyaki sauce was good too, as was the miso soup. The main flaw was the sushi. . . Full Review
Thai Noodles Etc. House
2602 Guadalupe St.
Austin, TX
University
T 3+
2001
N/A N/A A little bit inconsistent in quality. What is worth trying here is the curry with coconut milk.
Thai Kitchen
803-A E. William Cannon Dr.
Austin, TX
South
T 3+
2003
Jasmine
(brewed)
No Recently the ginger tofu has been excellent. If you go, you really must try the salad with peanut sauce dressing. . . Full Review
Thai Tara
601 W. 6th St.
Austin, TX
Downtown
T 1
2003
Jasmine
(bags)
No Everything is quite good and well prepared. I did not like the ginger tofu as much as other restaurants, but it was still quite good. . . Full Review
Little Thailand
4315 Caldwell
Del Valle, TX
(near Austin)
T 1
2003
Jasmine
(bags)
No The phad thai was very fresh and good quality. The restaurant is located just east of the Garfield water tower, about 7 miles east of the Austin airport on Hwy 71. . . Full Review
Beijing Lili East
10501 Gateway West
El Paso, TX
C 3+
2006
Jasmine (brewed) Yes Its claim to fame is a mediocre, MSG-laden, Americanized buffet. Food from the menu is better, with a few outstanding dishes such as Noodles Beijing Style. . . Full Review
Beijing Lili West
5860 N. Mesa
El Paso, TX
C 3+
2006
Herbal Yes An upscale version of Beijing Lili that has little resemblance to the location on Gateway West. Has lunch specials that give the best food for the bucks. . . Full Review
Bonsai
225 Shadow Mtn.
El Paso, TX
J 3+
2008
Green (brewed) No Serves Japanese food, but I thought the Korean food was better. "Lunch specials" are almost as expensive as dinners, and have limited choices. . . Full Review
China Star Bistro
9225 Dyer St.
El Paso, TX
C 3+
2008
Jasmine
(bags)
No The menu is largely spicy Hunan dishes, but the chef specializes in authentic non-spicy Hong Kong style items (many of which are not listed on the menu). It is best to call ahead for special items. . . Full Review
Chinese Cafe
9659 Dyer St.
El Paso, TX
C 3+
2008
Jasmine
(bags)
No Hunan style Chinese restaurant. Prices are reasonable with lunch specials and other menu items. . . Full Review
Chinese Palace
8320 Dyer St.
El Paso, TX
C 3+
2007
Jasmine
(bags)
Yes This is a pretty good neighborhood Chinese restaurant. The egg foo yung and egg drop soup are good Americanized dishes. Other more authentic Cantonese dishes are available by request. . . Full Review
Golden Buddha
7933 N. Mesa
El Paso, TX
C 3+
2008
Jasmine
(loose leaves)
Yes Upscale setting with reasonable prices. Specializes in Szechuan and Hunan style. . . Full Review
Grand China Buffet
9505 Viscount
El Paso, TX
C 3+
2003
Oolong
(brewed)
No I'll just be honest--I got sick to my stomach at the Sunland Park location. I have also eaten at the Viscount location, but the food was not very good at either place. Even without the stomach problems I would be unlikely to go back--all they have is a buffet and there are better buffets.
Han Il's Restaurant
9477 Dyer St.
El Paso, TX
K 3+
2007
Korean ice tea
House
No The Korean barbecue chicken is above average, and also one of the most expensive. Vegetable side dishes are not as good as at some other restaurants, but a large variety is served. . . Full Review
Hong Kong Buffet
1188 N. Yarbrough
El Paso, TX
C 3+
2004
Jasmine
(bags)
Yes The only thing I recommend here is the Mongolian barbecue. The one time I ate from the buffet and the Mongolian barbecue was not available, I got a severe MSG reaction. Dim sum is awful. . . Full Review
Howah Chinese Buffet
9868 Dyer
El Paso, TX
C 3+
2002
N/A Yes No, I didn't get sick here--they just have bad food.
Howah Chinese Buffet
8848 Gateway East
El Paso, TX
C 1
2004
Oolong
(bags)
Yes Has a buffet with MSG. Food from the menu also has MSG, even if you ask for it to be omitted. There were so many things I didn't like about the restaurant I cannot recommend it. . . Full Review
India Palace
5380 N. Mesa St.
El Paso, TX
I 3+
2008
Indian Chai No Serves northern Indian food with several vegetarian offerings. . . Full Review
Jade's Chinese Food
1155 N. Zaragoza
El Paso, TX
C 2
2000
N/A Yes The food was interesting, and spicier than most, but I had problems with the MSG.
Kalbi House
5718 Dyer
El Paso, TX
K 3+
2004
Korean ice tea Yes Excellent vegetable side dishes served with every meal. Lunch specials include chow mein and Korean bar-b-que (watch out for the MSG in the Chinese dishes). Dinner menu has a huge selection. . . Full Review
Kwang Ju
5070 Doniphan
El Paso, TX
C 3+
2004
Lipton Yes Mediocre food. Buffet has MSG. No Chinese tea (bring your own bags--they will provide hot water). . . Full Review
Matsuharu Japanese Restaurant
4886 Hercules Ave.
El Paso, TX
J 3+
2007
Green
(brewed)
House
No The Matsuharu Japanese restaurant is a hidden gem for Asian food in El Paso. The menu is very large, and if you don't find what you want, ask about items on the "Japanese" menu. . . Full Review
Mayflower Chinese Restaurant
9639 Dyer St.
El Paso, TX
C 3+
2008
Jasmine
(bags)
No An offshoot of Sam's Restaurant that serves spicy Hunan dishes, as well as some Cantonese ones. . . Full Review
Moon Day
6600 N. Mesa St.
El Paso, TX
C 3+
2010
Jasmine
(brewed)
No Serves very upscale and high quality Chinese food from northern China. Noodle soup and other dishes are not matched by any other Chinese restaurant I have visited. . . Full Review
Moon Star Chinese Restaurant
7040 N. Mesa St.
El Paso, TX
C 3+
2010
Jasmine
(bags)
No The upscale version of Sam's Chinese Restaurant. Some authentic Hong Kong style dishes are available. . . Full Review
Okazuri
865 N. Resler Dr.
El Paso, TX
J 3+
2010
Green
(herbal)
No Sushi is OK--good for the desert Southwest but not great. Breaded aguemono dishes are pretty good. The restaurant is pretty average by national standards but better than average for El Paso. . . Full Review
Oriental Cafe
931 N. Resler Dr.
El Paso, TX
C 3+
2010
Jasmine
(bags)
No Serves a consistently good brown sauce. Braised fish fillet, moo shu, and bean curd home style are good. Special non-menu items are even better (Cantonese style). . . Full Review
Oriental Garden
4520 Hercules
El Paso, TX
C 1
2005
Jasmine
(bags)
No Buffet only--no items available from the menu. . . Full Review
PacoWong's
7111 N. Mesa St.
El Paso, TX
C 2
2008
Jasmine
(bags)
Yes Black bean sauce is good, but other sauces are too sweet and not authentic. . . Full Review
Pandas Garden
1160 Airway
El Paso, TX
C 1
2005
Oolong (bags) Yes A new owner has taken over the old Lo's Blossom and kept many of the same menu items, but I don't think the preparation is as good. . . Full Review
Pei Ting's China Kitchen
11335 Montwood Dr.
El Paso, TX
C 1
2004
Ice tea only Yes Hunan sauce is good. No hot tea (only ice tea). . . Full Review
Pei Wei
7500 N. Mesa St.
El Paso, TX
C 1
2006
N/A No Serves the same type of chain restaurant Chinese food as P.F. Chang's, but at lower prices. . . Full Review
Peking Garden
1810 Trawood
El Paso, TX
C 3+
2006
Jasmine
(bags)
Yes This used to be a great bargain, but now is more expensive. The food tastes better than at many places on the east side, but they put MSG in the food even when you ask for it to be excluded. . . Full Review
P. F. Chang's
760 Sunland Park Dr.
El Paso, TX
C 1
2005
Green
(bags)
No Upscale food in a pleasant setting with good service, but does not serve authentic Chinese food. The food is cooked well, but I was disappointed with the sauces. I enjoyed the "specialty blended hot tea." . . . Full Review
Pho Tre Bien
6946 Gateway Blvd. East
El Paso, TX
V 3+
2008
Jasmine
(loose leaves)
Yes This restaurant leans a little toward the "gourmet" type of Vietnamese food, but there are a number of traditional items on the menu. The food seems to have improved since it first opened. . . Full Review
Quik Wok
1320 Lomaland Dr.
El Paso, TX
C 3+
2001
Jasmine (bags) Yes The food is OK, but not too exciting. The Hunan dishes are spicy, but don't have a lot of flavor. Serves a buffet, but there is a pretty good menu selection with lunch specials.
Riyoma
2000 N. Lee Trevino Dr.
El Paso, TX
J 3+
2007
Green
No Very good, well prepared Japanese food. I like the tempura udon. My main problems with it are the cost and portion sizes. . . Full Review
Saigon Taste
6940 N. Mesa St.
El Paso, TX
V 3+
2008
Jasmine
(bags)
Yes Similar to Pho Tre Bien on the east side. Pho, Saigon pancake, and clay pot tofu are good. . . Full Review
Sakura
3140 N. Lee Trevino Dr.
El Paso, TX
J 3+
2007
Green
(brewed)
No Having changed owners a couple of times, it is now back to the high level of quality I think it had at the beginning. Sushi is very good. . . Full Review
Sam's Chinese Restaurant
1501 E. Yandell Dr.
El Paso, TX
C 3+
2007
Jasmine
(bags)
No A delicious Hunan style restaurant with upscale food, located near downtown. To me this has the real Chinese flavor. . . Full Review
Samurai
7040 N. Mesa St.
El Paso, TX
J 3+
2006
Green
(brewed)
No This restaurant had been going downhill for a number of years. It has recently improved in food quality, but I am finding smaller quantites served and higher prices. Tempura udon is one of the best items. . . Full Review
Seoul Restaurant
9549 Dyer St.
El Paso, TX
K 3+
2008
Korean
(iced or hot)
House
Yes Vegetable side dishes are very good. Specializes in Korean barbecue. For large parties you can order special meals such as barbecue that you cook yourself on the table. . . Full Review
Shan Dong Chinese Restaurant
3125 N. Lee Trevino Dr.
El Paso, TX
C 3+
2008
Jasmine
(brewed)
Yes One of the better Chinese places in El Paso. The specialties here are the chicken dishes such as General Tsou's, orange flavor, etc. Not to be missed are the egg roll and soup (preferably hot and sour) that are complimentary with lunches. Noodle soup is authentic and good. . . Full Review
Shogun
1201 Airway
El Paso, TX
J 3+
2006
Green
(brewed)
Yes Teppan grill restaurant with a sushi bar and a few other items. Sushi is recommended. Teppan dishes are not the best I have ever had. . . Full Review
Singapore Cafe
4120 N. Mesa St.
El Paso, TX
T 3+
2007
Jasmine
(bags)
No The food here is Thai fusion, and you won't find many authentic Thai dishes. Pad thai and yu sang broccoli are usually pretty good. The owner's special creations are the best dishes. . . Full Review
Sura Cafe
1421 N. Lee Trevino
El Paso, TX
T 3+
2003
Jasmine
(bags)
No Normally it wouldn't even be possible to have Thai food rated as one star, since Thai food is so good. The problem here is that the food doesn't resemble any Thai dishes I've had anywhere else. The closest thing I can compare it to is what you might get at the food court in a mall.
Sushi Express
5700 N. Mesa St.
El Paso, TX
J 1
2006
Green (bags) No The sushi chef will make recommendations to give a better than average sushi experience . . . Full Review
Sushi Place
2604 N. Mesa St.
El Paso, TX
J 1
2005
Green No One of the better "Mexican sushi" restaurants in El Paso, specializing in California and other specialty rolls. Salmon sushi is pretty good. . . Full Review
True Thai
4309 Fred Wilson Ave.
El Paso, TX
T 3+
2008
Thai tea, Jasmine
(bags)
No This was the original restaurant in El Paso serving authentic Thai food (thus the name "True Thai," I suppose). Best dishes at True Thai include curries, seafood soup, and tom yum. . . Full Review
Uncle Bao's
5668 N. Mesa St.
El Paso, TX
C 3+
2006
Jasmine
(brewed)
Yes Certain cooks make flavorful dishes, but overall the food is inconsistent. I enjoy the hot and sour soup and usually the egg roll. . . Full Review
Yamato
2500 N. Mesa
El Paso, TX
J 1
2004
Green
(brewed)
No Large selection of Japanese items, but the ones I've tasted have been bland. Sushi is bland. Everything seems to be bland (and expensive). . . Full Review
Young Vin
5600 Dyer
El Paso, TX
K 3+
2005
Ice tea N/A If you like Korean barbecue, you will probably like this better than the Kalbi House up the street. However, I do not think the vegetables and side dishes are as good as at the Kalbi House. . . Full Review
China Star
1919 50th St.
Lubbock, TX
C 1
2003
N/A Yes Mediocre buffet with MSG. Food from the menu was not memorable. . . Full Review
Choochai Thai Cuisine
2330 19th St.
Lubbock, TX
T 3+
2002
Jasmine
(bags)
No There are two Choochai locations, and this is the one that caters to the University population. Consequently I think it's a little less constrained by the American palate, and offers some pretty good curry dishes. What is not offered is table service--you order at the counter and either take it to your table or take it home. It also does not have the extensive menu found at Choochai Today, but only simple, standard Thai dishes. I have been at lunch hour when it took so long to prepare the food that I had trouble getting back in time, but that is because of its popularity with the college crowd. Try some of the curries to get an authentic taste of Thai food.
Choochai's Today
3602 Slide Rd.
Lubbock, TX
T 3+
2003
Jasmine
(bags)
No Most dishes have been extremely good. My experience has always been enhanced by ordering the hot and sour soup or (fried) spring rolls. . . Full Review
Great Wall
1625 University
Lubbock, TX
C 1
2003
N/A N/A Has a greater variety of Chinese food than other restaurants, including noodle dishes and a Mongolian Bar-B-Q.
Hong Kong
4845 50th St.
Lubbock, TX
C 1
2003
N/A N/A Most people eat from the buffet. I thought food from the menu was good. . . Full Review
Saigon Cafe
4515 50th St.
Lubbock, TX
V 3+
2003
Jasmine
(bags)
No This restaurant is consistently good, and there are several dishes worth trying. My favorite is vermicelli with vegetables. I'm still trying to find another place that has as good a Vietnamese hot and sour soup as the Saigon Cafe. . . Full Review
Summer Palace
4210 82nd St.
Lubbock, TX
C 3+
2003
Jasmine
(bags)
Yes This is by far the best Chinese restaurant in Lubbock I have tried. . . Full Review
Thai Thai
5018 50th St.
Lubbock, TX
T 3+
2003
Jasmine
(bags)
No Thai Thai has better ginger tofu than Choochai's Today, located a few blocks up Slide Road. Other items I have tried, though, have not been spectacular. . . Full Review
Tokyo
4637 50th St.
Lubbock, TX
J 3+
2002
Green
(brewed)
No The menu is limited--it is a Japanese style steak house that only serves meat or seafood cooked over a grill. It does serve salmon, which is why I choose it over the Shogun, but it is the quality of salmon you would expect to find in West Texas (farmed Atlantic salmon instead of the wild varieties). The flavor of the food was good, but I would probably suggest beef or chicken over the fish.
King and I Thai Cuisine
801 N. Big Spring St.
Midland, TX
T 1
2008
Jasmine No Pad thai is one of the most popular dishes, and can be made very hot with the optional Thai chiles . . Full Review
Hsiu Yu
8338 Broadway
San Antonio, TX
C 1
2005
Jasmine
(bags)
Yes Specializes in Szechuan cooking--much better than the average Szechuan restaurant (but is not as authentic as some of the best places such as Sichuanese Cuisine in Seattle). . . Full Review
Thai Kitchen
445 McCarty
San Antonio, TX
T 1
2005
Thai Tea No Lunch buffet is very reasonable, has a large selection, and food is good. Several dishes were spicier than normally found at lunch buffets, but still not "Thai spicy." I mainly liked the non-curry dishes such as ginger and basil dishes. . . Full Review
Hunan
4516 Maplewood Ave.
Wichita Falls, TX
C 1
2006
Jasmine (brewed) Yes Hunan is an upscale restaurant with a large buffet, but also has a good menu selection. . . Full Review

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Utah
Restaurant
Address
Neighborhood
Rating Type Times Tried/
Last Tried
Tea MSG Comments
China Lily
133 S. State St.
Lindon, UT
C 2
2006
Jasmine (bags) N/A Some of the food is quite enjoyable. The restaurant is expensive and some dishes are a bit too "Americanized". . . Full Review
Szechuan Restaurant
125 S. Main St.
Moab, UT
C 2
2006
Jasmine
(bags)
Yes Even though it is the only Chinese restaurant for probably 100 miles in any direction, it really does have good food. Mongolian beef is excellent. . . Full Review
P. F. Chang's
University Mall
Orem, UT
C 1
2003
N/A N/A Like the China Lily in Lindon it is overpriced, but with the large menu selection and good quality food, you are likely to find something you like. . . Full Review
Thai Chili Gardens
430 West 800 North
Orem, UT
T 1
2006
Jasmine
(bags)
No This has very flavorful Thai food with a good selection of items. It serves Thai and Lao dishes. . . Full Review
Bombay House
463 N. University Ave.
Provo, UT
I 1
2006
Chai No Bombay House serves medium spiced Indian food with some excellent flavors and good quality. . . Full Review
Bangkok Thai
3142 S. Highland Dr.
Salt Lake City, UT
T 1
2003
Jasmine No Upscale Thai food with a large menu. . . Full Review

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Washington
Restaurant
Address
Neighborhood
Rating Type Times Tried/
Last Tried
Tea MSG Comments
Koong Thong
709 Auburn Way S.
Auburn, WA
T 3+
2003
N/A No Although I believe the food quality has slipped a little in recent years, there are things that make up for it such as a good lunch buffet, reasonable prices, and a wide menu selection. I enjoy the curry dishes. . .
Cafe Ori
14339 N.E. 20th St.
Bellevue, WA
C 1
2006
Jasmine
(brewed)
House
Yes Serves authentic Cantonese style cuisine. Chow fun is the specialty. . . Full Review
Hunan Garden
11814 NE 8th St.
Bellevue, WA
C 1
2003
N/A N/A Very good and flavorful sauces. . . Full Review
Noble Court
1644 140th Ave. N.E.
Bellevue, WA
C 2
2006
Jasmine
(loose leaves)
House
N/A One of the better dim sum restaurants in the Seattle area. . . Full Review
Szechuan Chef
15015 Main St.
Bellevue, WA
C 3+
2006
Jasmine
(loose leaves)
House
Yes Very good and authentic Sichuanese style Chinese food. . . Full Review
Tokyo Japanese Restaurant
3500 Factoria Blvd. SE
Bellevue, WA
Factoria
J 1
2003
Green
(brewed)
House
No I tried sushi (very good) and teriyaki salmon (good but not great). . . Full Review
Top Gun Seafood Restaurant
12450 S.E. 38th St.
Bellevue, WA
C 3+
2006
Jasmine
(loose leaves)
House
Yes Excellent dim sum served daily. Mixed vegetable and hot pot dishes are very good as well. . . Full Review
Toy's Cafe
10311 Main St.
Bellevue, WA
C 1
2006
Oolong
(brewed)
House
No Serves very good Mandarin and Szechuan style dishes. Noodle dishes are the specialty. . . Full Review
Udupi Palace
15600 NE 8th St.
Bellevue, WA
I 2
2006
Masala Tea No This is an exceptional Indian restaurant, not only because of the food, but because of the reasonable prices. A good way to start is to order the Thali, or sampler dish. All food is vegetarian. . . Full Review
Panda Garden
207 N. Main
Ellensburg, WA
C 1
2003
Jasmine
(brewed)
House
N/A When I went there were 11 vegetarian items on the menu, so it seemed like it would be a very good place, but it lacked flavor. . . Full Review
Oriental Gardens
1225 Griffin Ave.
Enumclaw, WA
C 1
2006
Oolong
(brewed)
House
Yes Good Chinese food that is not limited to Cantonese. Also serves good fried chicken and other American food. . . Full Review
Teriyaki House
1040 Stevenson Ave.
Enumclaw, WA
J 3+
2001
N/A No Teriyaki fast-food restaurants have become quite popular in south King County, but this one in Enumclaw is one of the best. Uses good quality ingredients and has flavorful sauces. Don't let its location in a strip shopping mall deter you from trying it. Although I like the food, I have sometimes been less than happy with the seating arrangements.
Indochine
31406 Pacific Hwy. S.
Federal Way, WA
T 1
2006
Jasmine (brewed) No Thai restaurant with a medium sized menu and heavy on Thai spices such as basil. . . Full Review
Bangalore Cuisine of India
317 N.W. Gilman Blvd.
Issaquah, WA
I 1
2006
Chai No Specializes in meat dishes. Has good curries and appetizers. . . Full Review
Chan's Place
4592 Klahanie Dr. SE
Issaquah, WA
C 3+
2003
Jasmine
(brewed)
House
N/A Some food is very good and a few dishes are not up to par. . . Full Review
Mandarin Garden
40 E. Sunset Way
Issaquah, WA
C 2
2006
Jasmine
(brewed)
House
N/A Good menu selection and reasonable prices. Somewhat Americanized, but the tofu dishes are good. . . Full Review
Noodle Boat Thai Cuisine
700 N.W. Gilman Blvd.
Issaquah, WA
T 3+
2006
Jasmine/ Thai Tea No Although items on the menu have rather Americanized names, the food seems to be authentic Thai. This is one of the best Thai restaurants in the Seattle area. . . Full Review
Pho Hoa
1025 NW Gilman Blvd.
Issaquah, WA
V 3+
2006
Jasmine
(brewed)
House
N/A The specialty here is pho, and I do think it's pretty good. However, the vermicelli bowls do not compare with other Vietnamese restaurants. . . Full Review
Shanghai Garden
80 Front St. N.
Issaquah, WA
C 3+
2006
Jasmine
(brewed)
House
No Serves Shanghai style Chinese food. Specialties include hand shaven noodles and bean curd sheet roll. . . Full Review
Sushiman
670 N.W. Gilman Blvd.
Issaquah, WA
J 1
2006
Green
(brewed)
House
No Excellent sushi of the same quality that would be found in Seattle. . . Full Review
Thai Ginger
4512 Klahanie Dr. SE
Issaquah, WA
T 3+
2006
Jasmine
(herbal)
No Phad thai is very good. I'm probably most impressed with the stir-fried ginger with tofu. (Also in Seattle, Redmond, and Bellevue Factoria). . . Full Review
Thai Spices
5601 W. Clearwater
Kennewick, WA
T 1
2003
N/A N/A I had a ginger tofu dish that was quite good. Full Review
Chao Praya
21222 84th Ave. S.
Kent, WA
T 1
2003
Jasmine
(brewed)
House
No I was not very impressed by the ginger tofu, but the restaurant seems as if it probably has some very good menu items. . .
Pho Saigon
25632 Pacific Hwy. S.
Kent, WA
V 3+
2006
Jasmine
(brewed)
House
No Very good vermicelli dishes, and a large variety on the menu. Banh mi is one of the best I have tried. I have been very impressed with the freshness and quality of the food. . . Full Review
Caf Happy
102 Kirkland Ave.
Kirkland, WA
C 1
2006
Jasmine
(brewed)
No Serves vegetarian Taiwan cuisine. Large selection of bubble teas, and they are some of the best to be found anywhere. . . Full Review
Yea's Wok
6969 Coal Creek Parkway S.E.
Newcastle, WA
C 3+
2006
Jasmine
(brewed)
House
Yes Specializes in Hunan, Szechuan, and Mandarin cuisine, and provides excellent dishes from each of the respective regions. . . Full Review
Hangchow Chinese Restaurant
102 W. North Bend Way
North Bend, WA
C 1
2006
Oolong
(brewed)
House
Yes Located in downton North Bend. I had a good Szechuan style dish. Menu includes some Cantonese style dishes that look as if they might be even better. . . Full Review
Yum Yang
456 SW Mt. Si Blvd.
North Bend, WA
C 3+
2006
Oolong
(brewed)
House
Yes Good flavor (Szechuan & Mandarin style). Good hot and sour soup. Restaurant is hard to find (it's located next to Safeway just off I-90). Good cashew chicken. . . Full Review
Thai Garden
625 Blacklake Blvd. SW
Olympia, WA
T 1
2003
Jasmine
(bags)
No The food is good and reasonably priced, although I did not like the ginger tofu as much as most of the dishes available in the Seattle area. Restaurant is located in the mall. . . Full Review
Jeem Asian Restaurant
14850 N.E. 24th St.
Redmond, WA
C 1
2006
Jasmine
(loose leaves)
N/A Large restaurant that specilizes in dim sum but has a large menu of Chinese dishes and selections from other countries. . . Full Review
Kanishka Cuisine of India
16101 Redmond Way
Redmond, WA
I 1
2006
Chai No Thali offers an excdllent way to sample various dishes. Very good flavored Indian food that will satisfy some of the most discriminating tastes. . . Full Review
Malay Satay Hut
15230 N.E. 24th St.
Redmond, WA
M 3+
2006
Jasmine
(brewed)
House
No If I did not give this restaurant a 5, you could question my ability as an Asian food critic. I could tell by walking in and looking at the food on the other tables that this was going to be an excellent restaurant even without tasting the food. (Also in Seattle in the Little Saigon District). . . Full Review
Sichuanese Cuisine Restaurant
15005 N.E. 24th St.
Redmond, WA
C 3+
2003
Oolong
(brewed)
House
Yes For one of the few times in my life I feel as if I have experienced authentic, really good Chinese food. The food is so spicy I think you have to really be in the mood for it to enjoy it (but this is authentic Szechuan food). The oolong tea is very good. (Also in Seattle in the Little Saigon District). . . Full Review
Moragote
330 SW 43rd St.
Renton, WA
T 1
2003
Jasmine
(brewed)
No I ordered a red curry dish, and since I do not usually order curry I do not have many restaurants with which to compare. However, the curry was delicious, had a full bodied flavor, and was the right spiciness. . . Full Review
Bush Garden
614 Maynard Ave. S.
Seattle, WA
International District
J 3+
2003
Green
(brewed)
House
No Teriyaki salmon is excellent, as is the sushi. The food can be variable, though, depending on the chef. . . Full Review
Chiang's Gourmet
7845 Lake City Way N.E.
Seattle, WA
Maple Leaf
C 1
2006
Jasmine
(brewed)
Yes Good and authentic Sichuanese food. . . Full Review
China Gate
516 7th Ave. S.
Seattle, WA
International District
C 3+
2003
Jasmine
(brewed)
House
Yes Serves Hong Kong style food with a good selection. Open late (until 2 AM most nights), and has reasonable prices. Excellent jasmine tea served complimentary. . . Full Review
Green Leaf Vietnamese
418 8th Ave. S.
Seattle, WA
International District
V 1
2006
Green
house
No Small restaurant with very good and fresh food. . . Full Review
Hing Loon Seafood Restaurant
628 S. Weller St.
Seattle, WA
International District
C 1
2006
Oolong
house
N/A Authentic Chinese restaurant with specials listed on pieces of paper on the wall. Specializes in seafood, congee, and other Cantonese dishes. . . Full Review
Honey Court Seafood
516 Maynard S.
Seattle, WA
International District
C 1
2003
N/A Yes I made the mistake of not asking that MSG be omitted from my food, and I got an extremely high dose, so this affected my experience. . . Full Review
Ichiban
601 S. Main St.
Seattle, WA
International District
J 1
2003
Green
(brewed)
House
No Very good salmon teriyaki. Serves fresh Alaska King Salmon when available; otherwise will not serve the dish at all. The soup and side dishes seemed excellent as well. Does not serve sushi. . . Full Review
Kisaku Sushi
2101 N. 56th St.
Seattle, WA
Green Lake
J 3+
2006
Green
(brewed)
House
No As far as I can tell this restaurant has the best salmon teriyaki, the best sushi, the best yakisoba, and probably everything else of any Japanese restaurant I've been to. It is not even all that expensive, so it's definitely worth going out of your way if you have to. . . Full Review
Mandarin Chef
5022 University Way, N.E.
Seattle, WA
University District
C 1
2006
Oolong
(brewed)
House
No Small restaurant near the University that serves Mandarin style food. . . Full Review
Maneki Restaurant
324 6th Ave. S.
Seattle, WA
International District
J 1
2003
Green
(brewed)
House
No Not as good as Kisaku's, but has excellent food. Sushi is excellent. The salmon teriyaki was not as fresh as at Bush Garden. Other food was better than Bush Garden. . . Full Review
Monsoon
615 19th Ave. E.
Seattle, WA
Capitol Hill
V 2
2006
Jasmine
(herbal)
No This is by far the best food I've had in the Vietnamese category. It is not a traditional menu, but has many dishes that change periodically, along with some French fusion cooking. . . Full Review
Noodle Studio
209 Broadway E.
Seattle, WA
Capitol Hill
T 1
2003
Jasmine
(brewed)
House
No One of the many excellent Thai restaurants in the Seattle area. Lunch portions are a little small. The most unique thing here is being able to watch the very individualist crowd of persons walking along Broadway in Capitol Hill. . . Full Review
Ocean City
609 S. Weller
Seattle, WA
International District
C 3+
2000
N/A N/A Until 2000 I thought it had excellent dim sum and Chinese style seafood. When I tried to go in 2003, though, the salmon with black bean sauce that I really enjoyed was no longer on the menu. There is a counter in the front of the restaurant where people order from menus that are only in Chinese, and this looks like better and/or more interesting food than is on the regular menu. The regular menu, though, did not look very exciting. Free parking in an underground garage.
Phuket
517 Queen Anne Ave. N.
Seattle, WA
Queen Anne
T 1
2003
N/A No I have seen some really good reviews of this restaurant, but I thought it was mediocre compared to all the really good Thai restaurants in Seattle (but still pretty good). . . Full Review
Racha Noodles & Thai Cuisine
23 Mercer St.
Seattle, WA
Queen Anne
T 1
2003
Jasmine
(herbal)
No One of the many excellent Thai restaurants in the Seattle area. Clean, with very good decor. I really enjoy the Thai clothing the staff wears. Serves herbal jasmine tea. Has live jazz music on Fri. and Sat. night. . . Full Review
Rocking Wok
4301 Interlake Ave. N.
Seattle, WA
Wallingford
C 1
2006
Jasmine
house
Yes Taiwanese style restaurant with authentic food. . . Full Review
Siam
1880 Fairview Ave. E.
Seattle, WA
Union Lake
T 1
2003
Jasmine
(brewed)
House
N/A Very comparable to Tropics with excellent ginger tofu (it's not on the menu but you can ask for it). The peanut sauce is almost as good as Thai Dusit. I ate at the location in Queen Anne, but this has now changed to another restaurant.
Tamarind Tree
1036 S. Jackson St.
Seattle, WA
International District
V 1
2006
Jasmine
house
No Serves "Provincial Vietnamese" cuisine, it is an upscale restaurant with upscale decor. . . Full Review
Tropics
606 S. Weller St.
Seattle, WA
International District
T 2
2003
Jasmine
(bags)
No Excellent quality and variety. Some of the best Thai ginger tofu in Seattle. I also recommend the desserts, such as the sticky rice. Lunch specials available that can break the cycle of spending a fortune to get good Thai food in Seattle. . . Full Review
Wild Ginger Asian Restaurant
1401 3rd Ave.
Seattle, WA
Downtown
O 1
2003
N/A N/A I had a ginger salmon dish that was one of the best dishes I've had in my life. They serve a variety of Chinese, Thai, Indonesian, and other styles of cooking. This place is heavy on the atmosphere. I was sitting near a live band (excellent!!), and everything about it exuded the feeling that it's a rip-off, and you're paying for the atmosphere. This would be true, except that the food was worthy of all the hype. Not authentic Thai food, but probably just as enjoyable. . . Full Review
Hunan
1110 W. Robert Bush Dr.
South Bend, WA
C 1
2003
N/A N/A With a name like "Hunan" I had my hopes built up that it would have pretty good regional Chinese food from Hunan, but such as not the case. It seemed to be the standard American Chinese restaurant fare. . . Full Review
Bai Tong
16876 Southcenter Pkwy.
Tukwila, WA
T 2
2006
Jasmine
(brewed)
House
No Bai Tong was opened to provide authentic Thai food to the Thai airline crews who landed at Sea-Tac Airport, and has proved to be just as popular with the local Seattle population. . . Full Review
Simply Thai
375 Strander Blvd.
Tukwila, WA
T 1
2003
Jasmine
(bags)
No I ordered ginger tofu, my favorite dish at Thai restaurants, and it was one of the best I've had. This seems to be an outstanding restaurant. . . Full Review

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Closed
Restaurant
Address
Neighborhood
Rating Type Times Tried/
Last Tried
Tea MSG Comments
Siam Orchid
7575 Universal Blvd.
Orlando, FL
T 1
2003
N/A N/A The food is outstanding, but other things are not, such as the service and the prices. . . Full Review
Dragon Inn
30410 Hwy. 200
Sandpoint, ID
C 1
2003
Oolong
(brewed)
House
No Very good flavored, light sauce without MSG. This was an excellent find in a small town. . . Full Review
Szechwan House
600 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL
C 2
1993
N/A N/A Great buffet. Some of the best Chinese food in the country.
Tempura House
6001 San Mateo NE
Albuquerque, NM
J 1
1994
n/a n/a Very good Japanese food, especially for the Southwest.
Golden China
504 E. Amador
Las Cruces, NM
C 1
2005
Jasmine
(bags)
No Relatively inexpensive, pretty good Chinese food. Menu consists of the pretty standard items found at most Chinese restaurants, but cooking style is unique and Szechuan sauce is not made with the standard brown sauce. . . Full Review
Joy Luck
3530 Foothills Rd.
Las Cruces, NM
C 3+
2006
Jasmine
(bags)
No This is one of the few restaurants that serves plum sauce in a main dish, and it is excellent. Sauces are excellent such as plum sauce and kung pao but tofu is inconsistent. . . Full Review
Tatsu
930 El Paseo Rd.
Las Cruces, NM
J 3+
2000
n/a n/a Quite good food. I consider the tempura and noodles to be about as good as anyplace in the Southwest. It's so pricey, though, that I'm usually relegated to eating the least expensive items on the menu.
Elephant Caf
3917 N. College Ave.
Bethany, OK
T 3+
2009
Jasmine
(brewed)
No Noodle dishes are very good, especially the drunken noodles and Malaysian Mee Siam. . . Full Review
Namast Indian Cuisine
76 E. 33rd St.
Edmond, OK
I 2
2008
Chai No A small restaurant with a good selection of authentic dishes. . . Full Review
Thai Basil
253 S. Santa Fe
Edmond, OK
T 1
2005
Jasmine
(bags)
No The food at Thai Basil is "Americanized" (non-spicy) by default, but chile can be added to bring out the enjoyment of the delicious items here. . . Full Review
California Cafe
2336 NW 23rd St.
Oklahoma City, OK
C 3+
2006
Jasmine
(loose leaves)
Yes One of the best and most authentic Chinese restaurants in OKC. Fish is good quality, and sauces are excellent. Wide selection of items including hot pot dishes and dim sum on weekends. . . Full Review
China Court
2701 W. Memorial Rd.
Oklahoma City, OK
C 3+
2002
N/A
N/A The food is not exciting, but it is good. I would classify it as "chain restaurant Chinese food."
China Olive
3315 NW Expressway
Oklahoma City, OK
C 2
2006
Jasmine
(bags)
Yes Large lunch and dinner buffets. Menu items are limited, but the staff is willing to try to make anything you request that they are able. Hot and sour soup is very good. . . Full Review
Jumbo Chinese Restaurant
10948 N. May Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK
C 1
2006
Jasmine
(loose leaves)
No Has a lunch buffet. The one dish I tried from the menu was not very good. . . Full Review
Kim Do
2743 NW Expressway
Oklahoma City, OK
C 1
2002
N/A
Yes This restaurant has three options: Chinese food, Vietnamese food, and a buffet (which has both). All of them are good options here, although I believe the buffet has MSG.
Pho 99
3009 N. Classen
Oklahoma City, OK
V 1
2005
Jasmine
(loose leaves)
N/A The chicken pho I tried was quite good--the chunks of chicken thrown in were quite gristly, but it almost didn't matter because the broth was so good. . . Full Review
Taj Indian Cuisine
5801 NW Expressway
Oklahoma City, OK
I 3+
2009
Chai No Best known for its buffet, but menu items provide worthwhile choices. . . Full Review
Thai House
2900 N. Classen
Oklahoma City, OK
T 3+
2004
Jasmine
(bags)
No I don't think the food tastes as authentic as other places, but it is very enjoyable. The menu says "All vegetarians can order everything in the menu with tofu or with out any meat". . . Full Review
Kim Son
310 N. Washington
Weatherford, OK
C 3+
2004
Jasmine
(bags)
Yes Americanized Chinese food, but ingredients are fresh and sauces are good. . . Full Review
Great Wall
1239 S. Garth Brooks Blvd.
Yukon, OK
C 1
2003
N/A Yes The lunch buffet has MSG, but food from the menu is pretty decent. . . Full Review
Houang's Restaurant
5615 E. Amarillo Blvd.
Amarillo, TX
L 1
2003
Pekoe
(bags)/
Thai Tea
No This restaurant is so authentic I think most Americans who are used to buffet-style Chinese food would not like this place at all. . . Full Review
Lan Xang Restaurant
5945 E. Amarillo Blvd.
Amarillo, TX
L 1
2004
Jasmine
(loose leaves)
No Probably the best Laotian restaurant in Amarillo if you know what you are ordering. . . Full Review
LM Restaurant
5813 E. Amarillo Blvd.
Amarillo, TX
L 1
2004
Jasmine
(bags)/
Thai Tea
No Very good Laotian food, combined with cheap prices. . . Full Review
Bangkok Pepper
7500 N. Mesa St.
El Paso, TX
C 3+
2006
Jasmine (bags)/ Thai Tea No Best dish is Pad Thai. Pad Prik King is usually very good. . . Full Review
Chan's Garden
9639 Dyer St.
El Paso, TX
C 2
2006
Jasmine
(brewed)
Yes Standard buffet restaurant, but there are some very good Cantonese style dishes on the menu. . . Full Review
China Bay Deluxe Buffet
1861 Joe Battle
El Paso, TX
C 2
2004
Jasmine
(bags) House
No Typical buffet with Americanized sweet and sour sauce and lots of meat items. However, it is atypical in that it has a small selection of items that is replenished frequently, keeping it fresh. . . Full Review
China Inn
6560 Montana Ave.
El Paso, TX
C 3+
2003
Jasmine
(bags)
Yes This restaurant would probably be a 2 1/2 star restaurant, if I had such a rating. They serve Hong Kong style noodle soup that I think is very good, and probably more authentic than most. I also like the Hunan and Szechuan style dishes. The lunch menu has reasonable prices, but it is loaded with MSG unless you request otherwise. Stay away from the buffet unless you're a fried food and cholestoral addict who is suffering withdrawal from McDonald's.
Golden Buddha
2606 N. Mesa St.
El Paso, TX
C 3+
2008
Jasmine
(bags)
Yes The food tends more toward authentic Chinese flavors than Americanized cooking, but it is inconsistent. They have a large menu with a number of Hunan and Szechuan items. . . Full Review
Golden China
7933 N. Mesa
El Paso, TX
C 3+
2004
Jasmine
(bags)
Yes Almost every time I have eaten here I have gotten a MSG after-effect, even though I ask for it to be omitted. . . Full Review
Korea Garden
9861 Dyer
El Paso, TX
K 3+
2005
Korean ice tea No Vegetable side dishes are not as good as at Kal Bi House, but the dinner entrees seem to be about as good as anyplace in El Paso. . . Full Review
Lo's Blossom
1160 Airway Blvd.
El Paso, TX
C 3+
2004
Jasmine (bags) Yes Now called "New Lo's Blossom," the food was a lot better when Lo was there. . . Full Review
Sunflower
9639 Dyer St.
El Paso, TX
C 3+
2003
Jasmine
(brewed)
Yes Previously I thought it was pretty good, but now I do not. The last dish I ordered included canned vegetables. Although I've never had anything bad here, I can't really recommend it either.
Bamboo Garden
4400 N. Midland Dr.
Midland, TX
C 1
2001
N/A N/A Just about everything you can think of is on the menu. Open late (9:30 weekdays; 10:30 Fri. and Sat.)
Griffin Corner Thai Cuisine
1240 Griffin Ave.
Enumclaw, WA
T 3+
2003
Jasmine
(bags)
No The Phad Prig-Khing is the best of the several dished I've tried. Other dishes are way too Americanized. . . Full Review
Orchid Tree
675 NW Locust
Issaquah, WA
C 1
2003
Jasmine
(brewed)
House
N/A I thought the food was nothing special, but it has a huge menu, so there might be some really good items. . . Full Review
Saigon's Choice
730 NW Gilman Blvd.
Issaquah, WA
V 3+
2003
Jasmine
(brewed)
House
Yes I'm not quite ready to say it's as good as the Vietnamese food in Kent, but it's almost that good. . . Full Review
Thai Kitchen
7811 SE 27th St.
Mercer Island, WA
T 1
2003
Jasmine
No I don't know how the rest of the food is, but the peanut sauce is excellent. . . Full Review
Pailin
1121 NE 45th St.
Seattle, WA
University District
T 1
2003
Jasmine
(brewed)
House
No Of all the Thai restaurants I've tried in Seattle, I think this was the least remarkable and flavorful, although the food is by no means bad or to be avoided. Good buffet at lunch. . . Full Review
Takohachi
610 S. Jackson St.
Seattle, WA
International District
J 1
2006
Green
(brewed)
No Specializes in traditional Japanese food (no sushi). Ramen is very good. . . Full Review
Thai Dusit
2510 N.E. Blakeley St.
Seattle, WA
University District
T 3+
2003
Jasmine
(herbal)
No Although the ginger tofu is better at other places, Thai Dusit has the best peanut sauce I've tried. This, the phad thai, and the curry make it worthy of a 5 star rating. . . Full Review
Vietnam's Pearl
708 Rainier Ave. S.
Seattle, WA
Little Saigon
V 2
2003
Jasmine
(brewed)
House
No Although not a goumet experience like Monsoon, it is really in a different category, serving traditional Vietnamese food. . . Full Review

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Table Explanation



Rating (5 is best). Based on food quality. If there are problems in other categories, such as being too expensive, or other factors that would significantly affect the enjoyment of eating there, I will try to mention it in the comments column. See Rating & Cost Explanation

Times Tried (1, 2, 3 or more). If I've had 3 or more meals there, I feel more confident with the rating given, especially if I've tried several different dishes. With Japanese restaurants, ususally going once is enough because I most likely order salmon teriyaki and sushi at the same meal.

Last Tried (Year). A recent survey is the most accurate, not only because it's the most representative of the current food quality, but also because I may have had more restaurants with which to compare it.

Tea (Jasmine). If jasmine tea is available, I will mention whether it is house (free), or if no mention is made that indicates there is an extra charge for it. The following are the usual ways jasmine or other teas can be served:

  • Bags: Brewed with tea bags.
  • Brewed: Brewed in a large batch in the kitchen. House tea is almost always made this way.
  • Loose Leaves: Served in a pot with loose leaves placed in the water (not from tea bags).
  • Herbal: Sometimes there is a fine line between loose leaf tea and herbal tea. I'm classifying herbal tea as lighter and usually better quality tea, many times brewed in a special glass pot.

If jasmine is not available, I will mention which kind is available. For Japanese restaurants, it is standard to have green tea. Many times oolong is served (this would usually be my choice if jasmine is not available). N/A usually means I can't remember.

MSG (Monosodium Glutamate). "No" means it is not used at all. "Yes" means it is used, but you can order food without it (many times the soup and other pre-prepared items will still have it). If I order food without MSG, but end up with a reaction, it will most likely get a one-star rating.

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Rating Criteria



  • This list is limited to the places I've visited. Over time I would like to cover more cities.
  • When I go to a city I try to find the best and most authentic restaurants. There may be better ones I do not know about. Sometimes I rely on other web sites to give me ideas of where to go, but once I try a place I rate it according to my scale.
  • All information listed is subject to change, and may not be up to date. It is meant to help you find good places, and nothing more.
  • This list is totally subjective. I try to rate restaurants in a category against each other, using the same criteria regardless of geographic area. In some cases restaurants in small towns or isolated areas might receive a slightly higher rating simply because they are the best ones for miles around.

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Asian Food Styles



C Chinese. Probably the most plentiful type of Asian food in America. Ginger tofu is generally my favorite dish when they have it, and I generally rate the restaurant on this dish or dishes with flavorful sauces such as kung pao, home style tofu, plum sauce, yu shiang, and chicken or fish with sauces such as orange flavor, sesame, or General Tsou's. Since I give good ratings based on my favorite dish, it is probably one of these dishes. I also give weight to the quality of the hot and sour soup and the tea served (I like a good jasmine tea). I tend to like Mandarin, Szechuan, and Hunan styles, but not Cantonese. I've been to exactly one restaurant that I thought served authentic Szechuan food (Sichuanese Cuisine in Redmond, Wash.) and it was terrific. If I go to non-authentic Szechuan and Hunan restaurants, and they serve food I like, I will go ahead and give them a good rating. Chinese food is the category with the greatest percentage of mediocre and bad food. I almost never eat from Chinese buffets, and consider most of them an abonimation.

I Indian. There are not too many places on my list, but I will include the places I know about. My favorite dishes are masala and kofta.

J Japanese. Japanese food cooked in the kitchen is some of my favorite Asian food, including such items as teriyaki salmon, tempura, etc. If teriyaki salmon is available, this is usually what I order, and the primary basis for the restaurant's rating. I am more picky about the sushi, and generally like only what is found on the west coast. I usually don't go to restaurants that only serve sushi, and if I order sushi it will be for an appetizer. I don't like teppan grill restaurants-- they generally charge the highest prices and deliver the least satisfying food. Don't expect any of these places or sushi-only restaurants to be rated higher than 3 or 4 stars (unless it's fabulous sushi).

K Korean. I don't eat Korean food often, so I don't have very many restaurants to rate. The Korean food I have tried was not as enjoyable to me as other types. I prefer the flavorful sauces of Chinese or the spices of Thai food. Although I tend to like the Korean side dishes that are usually served, I haven't found too many main dishes I'm crazy about. I also don't like the tiny fish or the hot dogs sometimes served as "vegatable" side dishes. I like Korean ice tea, but I would much prefer the hot tea served at other Oriental restaurants. Overall, I'm not the best person to judge Korean food, but I will at least give my opinion about the relative quality of the restaurants I've tried.

L Laotian. I have limited experience with this type of food. It is extremely spicy, and seafood soups are good.

M Malaysian. Similar to Thai. Has some sweet dishes, such as mango dishes. Meat cooked on a skewer is also served.

T Thai. It's very difficult to find authentic Thai food, even in cities with large Thai populations such as Seattle. The types of dishes I would like to find include good curries with coconut milk (not necessarily extremely spicy), dishes with a large dose but a good balance of oils and spices such as fish oil, ginger, lemongrass, basil, etc., good soups, and noodles such as phad thai (the least exciting Thai food to me, but still enjoyable when it's prepared well). Usually my favorite dish is phad khing (ginger tofu), and there is some, (but not very much) good swimming angel (spinach with peanut sauce) in Seattle and surrounding areas. Ginger tofu is usually the dish I try first, and is the basis for most of the ratings of Thai restaurants unless otherwise noted. My bias in this area is that I like Thai food so much I am usually happy with something that's less than authentic (most of the time that's all you can find), and give restaurants a good rating if I enjoy the food. When I find one that's also authentic that's a bonus, and the score will be reflected in the detailed ratings, but in order to get five stars on this list it is usually not required.

V Vietnamese. The standard used here is ususally the vermicelli dish with vegetables. If I order another item it will usually be soup such as hot and sour or seafood soup. I don't usually go to pho or banh mi places.

O Other Including "Regional Asian," and "Pan Asian" restaurants. I like restaurants that serve more than one style of food prepared well. I don't like the "fusion" restaurants or ones that merely serve their own concoctions or dishes that are not recognizable as coming from a specific country.

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