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Fearless Critic restaurant review
Seattle
Food
Feel
Price
7.0
6.0
$30
Chinese
Casual restaurant

Hours
Mon–Thu 11:30am–9:30pm
Fri 11:30am–10:30pm
Sat 10:30am–10:30pm
Sun 10:30am–9:30pm

Features Kid-friendly
Bar Beer, wine, BYO
Credit cards Visa, MC
Reservations Accepted

www.chiangsgourmet.com

Ravenna
7845 Lake City Way NE
Seattle, WA
(206) 527-8888
Chiang’s Gourmet
There are some traditional gems among the Americanized junk

Your experience of Chiang’s depends on which menu you order from: the American one or the real menu, which has dishes like “Fried Pig’s Intastine” [sic]. If you settle for the weak American menu, you’ll get dishes that are either overly sweet, too greasy, or too salty—and, worse still, you’ll miss out on Chinese classics like “Bean Curd Sheets Roll” and “Fried Tofu of Strong Odor” (stinky tofu, which is not bad, though not as good as at Henry’s Taiwan). The “Shepherd’s Purse Bun,” in spite of the singular usage and obscenely low prices, comes with two delightful puffy steamed buns filled with finely diced greens. Hot pots are also a good choice. Skip dim sum, though, which is mediocre compared to what you’d find in the I.D.

Despite some cool framed woodcuts—one of which features a red-robed, bearded man-beast described as “Chinese Santa Claus with a sword”—there’s that typical banquet-hall feel of a restaurant that bustles when busy and feels stale when quiet. Luckily, the former is more common; the flip side is that there’s nearly always a wait for a table, in part because this is the best option on the northside (that is, north below Richmond).

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