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Lo's Blossom (Closed)
1160 Airway Blvd.
El Paso, TX

Cost: $$
Hours: Open Daily
14 Chinese Tea: Jasmine (bags)
MSG: Yes
Smoking: No Smoking
Hot and Sour Soup:
18-Oct-04 10+
Lo's Blossom was one of the original Chinese restaurants on the east side of El Paso, and I always thought it was one of the best. My main experience at Lo's has been with vegetarian dishes, mainly the spicy Hunan style, and they have always tasted fresh with good sauces. Lo was always there to make sure things went smoothly, and although she was not able to keep the dining room running and work in the kitchen at the same time, she always made sure there were competent cooks who knew how to produce good quality food.

Unfortunately, though, by the time I started writing these reviews Lo had already left. Now called "New Lo's Blossom," the restaurant is under new ownership and management. While I think the new owners have stayed fairly true to the original recipes, I would hardly call it an outstanding example of Chinese food. I have to be honest and say that I believe the same thing has happened here that occurred at Shan Dong--the original chef left and taught the new people how to cook the dishes as before, but I do not think the results been quite as successful here as at Shan Dong. I do not experience the true "Chinese taste" at New Lo's Blossom as I did with the original restaurant.

Lo used to serve some more authentic Chinese dishes such as "Hong Kong Sidewalk Cuisine." Soon after I started getting around to trying many of them, though, Lo left and these items were no longer available. I liked the Hong Sue Tofu when Lo was still around to prepare it.

One thing Lo's has going for it is that there is no buffet; instead everything is cooked fresh. To compete with the buffets lunch prices are reasonable, although the menu is not very exciting and vegetarian options are very limited.

One problem I have with Lo's is that you can spend almost the entire meal trying to get the service worked out, such as getting tea that is hot enough, steamed rice instead of fried, chopsticks, etc.

Lunches are cheap enough that I am tempted to return, but there are so many other restaurants, including Vietnamese and Thai, that offer better food at not that much higher prices.

Update: New Lo's Blossom is now called Pandas Garden, with the same management, and a review is available: Pandas Garden

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