Chinese RoadFood experience
Tue, 07/11/06 3:16 PM
I have written a "review" for a friend's BLOG about a recent experience in Washington state. I am pasting it here (without the photos) for comment YAN’S
Review - YAN’s Chinese Restaurant and Lounge (Kelso, WA)
Review by Dr. Charles R. (“Chuck”) xxxxxxx
300 Long Avenue, West
Okay, I want to admit right up front that I was in a bad mood when we visited YAN’S Chinese Restaurant and Lounge on “06/26/2006 @ 18:10:56” (GAWD, I love those Japanese cash registers).
Firstly, we had just checked into the Best Western Aladdin on 310 Long Avenue (across the street from YAN’S). We normally have very good luck with Best Western Hotels, but this one sucked! Why did we stay? Because we had experienced a particularly hard day of driving, hiking, and sight-seeing . . . and we were on the last leg of our journey, returning to Seattle for our flight home.
Secondly, I LOVE Chinese food . . . but ONLY when we prepare it at home (Mrs. Chiang is my culinary idol). I generally WILL NOT eat in a commercial Chinese establishment (I have seen too many of their kitchens, food lockers, and bathrooms).
Thirdly, my wife, E, loves Chinese food . . . even in questionable “commercial” establishments.
SOOoo, we walk across the street to YAN’S, against my better judgment.
E orders one of the special “Mixed Dinners” . . . an assortment of four or five different Chinese dishes. I don’t recall the names of all the “stuff”, except for the fried rice.
I ordered a cheeseburger with fries and iced tea to drink . . . can’t go wrong with that, right?
Okay, E said that her dinner was “good” (of course, considering my mood, she would never have said anything different at that time!).
My burger was on a par with the most “average” fast food burger I have ever had. The fries were greasy and limp, tasting slightly like burnt pork . . . or SOME burnt animal.
The “Chinese fortune cookies” . . . nothing “Chinese” about them . . . were the highlight of my meal, and the tab was ONLY $19.28.
“What’s the point of this review?” you may be asking.
GLAD YOU ASKED!
Half-way through our meal, a woman parked her van in front of the window and entered the dining area carrying three dogs (puppies) that, apparently, she was trying to sell. Cute little devils, they were. Since I’m not a “dog” person, I don’t know what “breed” they were, and I don’t particularly care . . . they were DOGS!
So, ALL of the YAN’S staff (including our server, the cashier, the COOK, and several other employees or family members) gleefully ran out to the dining area . . . maybe 15 feet from where E and I were eating our dinner . . . and romped with, and fondled, and hugged, and kissed the adorable little puppies. It was a touching scene.
Elizabeth stopped eating. I pushed back the remainder of my burger.
We paid our check, sans gratuity, and left.
I will NEVER, I repeat NEVER, again enter a commercial Chinese restaurant, even if E gets upset with me!