Local staple known for great food for almost 20 years

Local staple known for great food for almost 20 years
Local staple known for great food for almost 20 years

For nearly two decades Great China Restaurant on the corner of Calder Avenue and 15th Street has been serving up what many would say is the best Chinese food in Beaumont. 

This is a platter-service establishment, not a buffet, but portions are generous and the prices are reasonable. Don’t be fooled by the outside – a newbie might miss the red-roofed building if they blink – this quaint place near the highway and across from St. Elizabeth Hospital is a hidden gem. Just look for the simple yellow and red sign, and it will lead you in the right direction for some of the most delicious Chinese American cuisine in the area.

The restaurant itself is simply decorated and not too flashy, as competitors tend to be. Instead, Great China focuses much of their décor on the huge menu that spans two walls in the take-out area, with over 150 items to choose from. They are serious about the food. Take-out and call-ahead orders are extremely popular, partially due to the location, but a dining area with wooden tables and comfy, spacious booths is also available for guests who want to sit back and enjoy the relaxing, quiet atmosphere. This place is also great for romantic date nights or fun family dinners as the restaurant is located just minutes from downtown shopping and events.

Great menu!

Hungry patrons have the option of more than 100 combination plate options to choose from that are accompanied by fried or steamed rice and sweet and sour chicken, pork or shrimp. For example, you can get their broccoli beef with steamed rice, and a side of sweet and sour pork, plus a spring roll, for about 10 bucks. Other meals feature a side of choice soup and an egg roll. Great China also serves up appetizers, vegetables, lo mein, fried chicken wings and an array of different types of beef, pork, shrimp and chicken entreés. There is even a weight watcher delight section, catered specifically to those who are watching their figures. We also like that you can request less or no MSG in your food. The lunch specials can’t be beat in quality and quantity at a great price. Whether you are dinning in or taking it to go, the made-to-order meal is served reasonably quickly and delivered with a smile. The food is cooked to order, and you can really taste the difference between having the dish being made specifically for you, as opposed to it being served from a steam-table pan.

What we ate

Good gracious, it was a little overwhelming trying to decide what to order for the first time! We must have spent almost five minutes going through the options of on the menu hanging from the wall before we made our selections. Being Great China novices, we played it safe and went with Orange Chicken with fried rice and Hunan Chicken with steamed rice.

Orange Chicken

Large, lightly fried chicken chunks were glazed with a sweet orange sauce and served with slices of fresh oranges. The breading on the chicken was seasoned well, and added extra flair. The dark brown sauce wasn’t too overpowering in orangey flavor, and it wasn’t very salty either, a big plus. The fried rice was tasty and filling.

Hunan Chicken

Generous pieces of stir-fried chicken were smothered in a dark, thick, zingy ginger sauce. Several red chili peppers were tossed into the mix to add beautiful coloring and an extra kick. We liked it mixed with steamed rice as to not take away from the overall taste of the dish.

We were excited to try the two popular classics and were slightly disappointed that while the sauces each had a unique taste, the chicken tasted very similar. Should have sampled the beef. Dang it!

Egg Rolls

Sure, a small egg roll comes with the meal, but don’t just settle for those — try these huge appetizers! The giant rolls were filled with beef, veggies and shrimp. They don’t scrimp on the shrimp, either. These bad boys came two to an order and could be a meal by themselves.

If you haven’t made your way out to this hidden treasure, you must try it. The restaurant is open seven days a week and can accommodate for all occasions and events. They also do catering for parties. The food is excellent and a great value for the money.

 

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