Panda King Express – Chinese Takeout

September 26, 2009 at 12:04 am | Posted in Food, Restaurant Review | Leave a comment
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<UPDATE: This is now known as Tasty House…I have not tried it since the name changed>

If you live in North Phoenix – you should definitely call up Panda King Express (602-548-8108) for some chinese takeout when you aren’t in the mood to cook or drive. Delivery areas are from 35th Ave to Cave Creek and from Thunderbird to Pinnacle Peak. The place is located at 1512 W. Bell Rd, if you want to stop by instead. But hey, delivery is a buck plus tip – so just call…

All of the standard chinese fare as most Americans know it is offered at a reasonable price.  You can order anything one of three ways – Small or large (denotes size of container and comes with steamed rice) or in a combo which includes fried rice, egg roll and crab puff. You can substitute noodles for rice for a dollar more.

I can’t say enough good about this place…delivery is fast (seems to always be the same guy – owner maybe?) and the guy that answers the telephone is knowledgeable of the products and efficient.

Food is excellent. The egg rolls are crispy and golden brown (2 per side order) with a soft floral taste which I assume comes from five-spice-powder. Skip the wonton soup and order the Wor Wonton Soup. Totally worth the extra 3 bucks as it packs in beef, shrimp, snow peas, carrots, zucchini, some type of choy and other goodies bathed in a simple tasty broth.

The dishes like shrimp and snow peas are flavored elegantly. Those of you that prefer your chinese in szechwan, mongolian or hunan style will appreciate that the dishes are spicier as time goes by. It’s not a full on frontal assault of your palate, but a building crescendo of flavors.

According to my menu, the only way you can get duck is in fried rice…which seems a bit odd. If they have it for rice, they must have it for other things, right? Maybe I’ll ask if they can do a Peking duck for Christmas this year, as I love that for a holiday meal. Of course, I know they better require 24-72 hrs notice, otherwise they aren’t doing it right. Oh, I’ve been known to spend the days before that holiday with bike pump and fan in hand hanging a duck on my own screened in porch. Mmmm mm good.

Dinner @ an Iron Chef Victor’s

April 13, 2009 at 1:00 pm | Posted in Restaurant Review | Leave a comment
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Mark Tarbell is a legend around the Phoenix/Scottsdale area. He has been for a long time. For the last couple of years, that legend has grown since he stomped Cat Cora on Iron Chef America.

I haven’t been in his place, Tarbell’s in quite some time…perhaps 7 years. Two events made me decide to head back out there and see what was up nowadays. The first one was the fact that my girlfriend and best friends were itching to head on down and battle the crowd at Pizza Bianco to see if it deserved the accolades it was receiving. The second was a Twitter message announcing a replay of that famed Iron Chef episode on the Food Network. I figured, we better strike before the iron gets too hot again with a bunch of FN groupies heading down there. (Those two things plus the fact that 1/2 the reviews from people on Citysearch said bad things about the staff and management at Pizza Bianco were enough for me to singly swing the tide and put Pizza Bianco off until another day).

So…we ventured to the Biltmore area…and a look of despair fell across the faces of my cohorts as I had them pull into a strip mall. The fact that Sportsman’s Fine Wines was in that strip mall didn’t seem to offer them too much hope… Continue Reading Dinner @ an Iron Chef Victor’s…

Irie Jamaican Restaurant

February 26, 2009 at 3:06 pm | Posted in Restaurant Review, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Parking in the rear, mon.

Parking in the rear, mon.

Ok, so if you are in Phoenix and are craving some curried goat, or real jerk chicken, then this is the place. In fact, it’s the only place I know of that even has goat on the menu in this town.

It is in an old part of town, and one that the average tourist, nor Scottsdale-ite is  likely to find. This is not an upscale restaurant. It is just good eats. Continue Reading Irie Jamaican Restaurant…

Cork Restaurant – Chandler, AZ

December 16, 2008 at 11:01 am | Posted in Restaurant Review | Leave a comment
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Well, it’s been about two weeks since I visited this little strip-mall gem of a restaurant so I better blog it now before the details get lost…

My girlfriend texted me to say she was taking me to dinner, and be ready. When she arrived home she asked if I was ready for a drive. I was, but boy what a drive. It was about an hour at rush hour from our house in Central Phoenix, and we arrived at a strip mall. Continue Reading Cork Restaurant – Chandler, AZ…

Chino Bandido Chinese Mexican Food and a Panda Mascot

November 8, 2008 at 9:38 am | Posted in Restaurant Review | Leave a comment
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Secret Location Revealed!

15414 N.19th Ave

Suite K

Phoenix, AZ 85032

Ok, so it’s not a secret anymore. For years, I tried to keep it that way. It was a place to take only your most trusted, respected, adventurous friends. Hopefully they could be trusted to at least feign an attempt at trying to order on their own… Continue Reading Chino Bandido Chinese Mexican Food and a Panda Mascot…

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