The Barn Doors Are Open

January 7, 2013 at 2:05pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

A little bird told me that Mr. Lee’s Chinese Restaurant has opened in the barn-like former-Dairy Queen on South 48th Street in College View. I’m looking forward to trying it out.

Many of you know by now that I live in the general area of College View. That, combined with the fact that I love food, means I’m all in favor of seeing decent restaurants succeed in my neck of the woods. Mr. Lee’s should stand a decent chance, as long as they remember where they are. College View has a heavy Seventh Day Adventist influence. SDA folks, you may or may not already know, tend toward vegetarianism. They also frequently eschew coffee, tea, and alcohol. Being successful in College View doesn’t require specifically catering to those needs—Taco Inn and daVinci’s aren’t exactly health food hotbeds—but a restaurant could gain instant credibility in the neighborhood if it did.

That shouldn’t be a problem for a Chinese restaurant. Many dishes are already structured to be agnostic about which type of protein is included. Throw in some good tofu or other meat alternatives and you’re set.

There’s just one problem for me: I’m already hooked on China House (40th and Old Cheney). I don’t know if I have room for another Chinese restaurant in my repertoire. If Mr. Lee’s hits the spot, I suppose I’ll just have to squeeze it in.

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Fletch January 7, 2013 at 3:44pm

Eschew? Gesundheit!

Mr. Wilson January 7, 2013 at 4:11pm

A healthy diet is nothing to sneeze at.

meatball January 7, 2013 at 8:33pm

What’s most awesome at China House?

We’re Zang’s fans from back when my wife and I were dating and she lived near the South Codington location. Now, we’re about equidistant from South 40th Zang’s and China House, if not a bit closer to China House. What ought we try?

Mr. Wilson January 7, 2013 at 8:54pm

I’m no Chinese food pro so take this with a grain of salt. I typically go for lunch and I almost always alternate between szechuan shrimp and hunan shrimp, with steamed rice rather than fried.

The food isn’t the only reason I go to China House, though. It’s a quaint little place with no pop machine (you grab a can out of the fridge) and a staff that sometimes includes the owners’ kids. It’s not for everybody, but for whatever reason I got hooked.

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