Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Bowie Restaurant Project: (73) Hunan Delight

For an explanation of the Bowie Restaurant Project, look here.

For a list of all the Bowie Restaurant Project reviews, look here.

East Delight, 3329 Superior Lane
Most Recent Foursquare Check-in: 9/9/2013
Total Foursquare Check-ins: 2
Pre-Foursquare Visits: No
Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

The dining room here is so small, I mistook East Delight for a takeout joint early last year, and so left it off my list of restaurants to review. Recently, I ran across a menu that said "Dine In," so I took another look. Oops.

So what does Hunan Delight have to offer? In many ways, pretty much the same thing as its competitor East Delight, a third of a mile away. At East Delight, I marveled at the cheap lunch options, ranging from $5.05 to $6.05. Hunan Delight does them one better, coming in from $4.55 to $5.25. And the food I tried (particularly the kung pao chicken) was probably slightly tastier.

Both times I visited, I called in my order ahead of time. The first time, despite it being before 11:30, I had about an eight-minute wait when it came time to pick up my food. I soon found out why -- the woman ahead of me had ordered $122 worth of food. That's impressive, when my meal was under $5 (with tax). The second time (closer to noon), I had the place to myself and my food was ready to go.

Having had a look at their kitchen, I decided to forgo their sushi options. There didn't seem to be any dedicated sushi preparation area, or sushi chef for that matter.

I was tempted to bump it up to 3 stars, because it is slightly better than East Delight. But I think the same principle applies here as it did at East Delight: "It's not the sort of place anyone would miss if it were gone -- you'd just head down the road a little bit."


So now I have seven reviews left to go.
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