I aways feel strange writing reviews for places that (a) have been around longer than I have been breathing, and (b) I have been to "a thousand times" before. Chinese Kitchen is one of these places. I figure, if it's been around THAT long, they must be doing SOMETHING right for SOMEbody (read, group that they appeal to, etc.,). And yes, if I've been going since I (italics) literally were a child, obviously I wouldn't have (been going back over and over) if it wasn't good (!). This place is literally an icon here for Chinese food. But don't go if you are looking to 'see and be seen' or if you MUST HAVE that 5-star experience. NOT that kind of place. Intending absolutely nothing but respect, Chinese Kitchen is a hole in the wall with lipstick on it to make it look like Chinese restaurants USED to (think they had to) look to appeal to the American stomach. Expect to see a line. ALWAYS. But seating, even on a busy wekwnd night doesn't usually take long. If you're ordering to go/pick up, call in first. You'll still have a (separate) line, but a shorter wait. Food-- authentic, neo-Chinese as good or better than anyplace in Chinatown, SF to NY. I had my fave, the Kung Bo Beef. For some reason, CK has a brown sauce in this dish that I've NEVER tasted anywhere else. Here, and even in Taiwan and China. It has stayed the same for over 40 plus years I personally have eaten it there. I ALWAYS order egg rolls. Again, different and much better flavor than most. And, they're huge. 2 is easily a small meal. The fried rice (incidentally, rice and 1 egg roll comes with the Kung Bo Beef meal) is tasty, chock full of whatever type you ordered (shrimp, chicken, beef) and they give you plenty. The above, along with a beer and a coke fed 2 people dinner with tip for under 30. Service is authentic because most of the servers have that 'old ancient' way about them. They are always attentive, almost a little too much even when busy. And, they'll usually remember you if you go occasionally. Parking is a disaster because of their location, and the nearby businesses are not real friendly because of it, so if you're driving down be patient. A short cab/Uber from downtown/French Quarter, but be prepared for a taste (figuratively and taste-bud wise) of the 'other dining side' of NOLA. Of course, yes, we WILL be back!
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