Seriously? We were all geared up to try this place after your glowing review and were extremely disappointed. Service was surly at best, probably the worst service I've ever had anywhere ever. All of the meat was colder than room temperature even though it was all hanging under heat lamps inside the front door: the duck, the pork, and the chicken. None of us got halfway through any of our meat entrees and it wasn't good enough to take home, either. The fresh shrimp wonton soup was served late and wasn't even edible, the taste was just not good. None of us took more than half a bite. The loud pounding of the guy chopping meat reverberates throughout the whole place constantly, which was also kind of odd. Overall, it was a huge disappointment, more of a dive than I'd imagined, and the food simply wasn't worth our time, our money ($45 for 3 people), but especially our patience -- with the incredibly slow and surly service. We practically had to beg to get any attention. How on earth could this be the best Chinese place in Dallas? There are a few right down the street on Greenville that are consistently better, much friendlier, and lots cheaper.
Best Chinese Restaurant - 2010
First Chinese B-B-Q
111 S. Greenville Ave. @ Belt Line Road
Richardson, TX 75081
Established in 1982, a mainstay of the northern corridor Chinese commercial district, First Chinese B-B-Q is the place to go for traditional Chinese cuisine. Don't miss the flat noodles that arrive at the table with enormous slices of tender beef or the wonderful wonton. But the real reason to visit the First Chinese BBQ is the meat, the meat, the meat. And the sauce. The pork is maybe the best of the lot, with the perfect combination of chew and give. The sauce that drips off is so sweet it could be an ice cream topping. First Chinese also offers a full list of seafood dinners including Hong Kong style crab, lobster yee-mein noodles and spicy seafood combination. One little wrinkle, though: Don't forget to bring cash. They don't take plastic.
We took an exchange student from Shanghai, here, a couple of years ago. He had NEVER been outside of China, prior to coming to Dallas. He was floored. He said the double-cooked sliced pork and vegetable tasted just like his grandmother's recipe. It may not cater to American palates but it's as authentic Chinese cooking as it gets in these parts.