Incredibly Popular Chinese Restaurant: David Fong's
Our high school class of 1950 leased the finished basement of this hugely popular Chinese restaurant for a class reunion years ago. I ate again here during the week of a later class reunion in September, 2010. The adjacent and behind parking lot is immense and always near full, no matter the night of the week, which bespeaks the quality and value of food and service. The huge menu will take some time to study if this is your first visit here. Musical entertainment seemingly every night with no cover charge. Full takeout menu as well. Call ahead for takeout. Efficient, helpful staff and rapid service of excellent Chinese food and American food are David Fong's hallmarks. Private banquet facilities with full service bar and dance floor for groups of 25 to 150. Just a glance at the parking lot as you approach David Fong's on any night confirms its wide popularity. Equipped to serve large parties. Beautifully decorated. An established, family run business serving Chinese Cuisine and American style foods (steaks, etc) since 1958. "One of the Twin Cities' Favorite Chinese Restaurants" is not an idle brag, but true.
Hours: 11 am to 9 pm Mon-Wed. 11 am to 10 pm Thurs-Sat. Closed Sundays.
Favorite Dish: I ordered the beef with peapods dinner with steamed white rice and green tea. The beef and snow peas were very tender and cooked and sauced just right. Portions were large and delicious. Chopsticks available-of course!
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JUN BO Chinese Restaurant: Huge Selection-Try the Value Meals Choices
This very large Chinese restaurant just opposite the 494 Freeway from the la QUINTA Inn where I stayed is actually just inside the adjacent town of Richfield, Minnesota, but close enough to Bloomintoon to be handy and considered for lunch or dinner and open seven days a week. Extensive menu will also require study but let me suggest the Value Meals choices. There are three Value Meal choices, depending on number of people and their hungriness. Somewhat less expensive than David Fong's.
Jun Bo's Value Meals offer a wide choice of soups (4), appetizers (8) and entrees (90) of one each for Value Meal 1 for $9.95. Value Meal 2 adds a second entree choice for total $14.95 . Value Meal 3 adds choice of two appetizers from the 8 possible and three entrees from the 90 for a total price of $19.95. So, Value meals 2 or 3 may be shared by a party of two or three diners. All menu items are available for takeout. Soups and entrees on the third page of the takeout menu are not available for Value Meal selection. These include BBQ ribs, half roast duck, lobster, clams, and various other fish seafoods, congees (congers?) and noodle, fish, pork, crab, beef or other seafood soups. Prices range to $30 for the lobster.
The large room had mixed tables of Asian and Caucasian parties eating together which bespoke authenticity of the cooking. Friendly, efficient service from all-Asian employees in a clean, bright atmosphere. Excellent tasting Chinese food with ample portions.
Hours: 11 am to 9:30 pm Mon-Fri. 10 am to 9:30 Sat-Sun.
Favorite Dish: I chose Mongolian Beef entree with steamed white rice and cup of Hot & Sour soup choice. This Value Meal included appetizer choice which I chose grilled chicken white meat pieces on two spits-this is a LOT of food! Plentiful and flavorful beef and vegetables including crisp water chestnuts, onions and greens in sauce. Refreshing ice water refilled and hot green tea. I recommend you try Jun Bo if wishing authentic Chinese food favorably priced.
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Kokomos Island Cafe: Probably pass...
This is located in the Mall of America on the upper floor with many of the other restaurants. We chose it because the decor screamed "family friendly" and the menu was a little more diverse than some of the other choices. While it was a Thursday night, the place seemed very empty. We were seated quickly, and given time to look over the menu. Service was average - the waitress was attentive, but didn't know the menu or bar selections very well. Wifey went with a salad, I took a chicken sandwich. Both were OK, but probably a little less than what we expected for the price. The kids menu is decent, with several kid-tested choices, and they do provide crayons and paper for the little ones. After dinner, we walked around a little to check out the decorations, and they do a good job with the island theme. In the mall, I don't think any of the places probably are great food for great value, Kokomos is definitely fair for what you get, but nothing to write home about.
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