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September 24, 2010

Restaurant Review : Dragon City in Cheviot

I love restaurants that deliver. The only thing is.... most places that deliver usually don't quite live up to my standards. They bring soggy fries or sloppily placed food. They bring cold food or they forget part of it. And usually they only tend to be pizza chains, or Chinese restaurants. This happens to be about one of those Chinese restaurants - Dragon City Kitchen.

I have been there numerous times now. My favorite and usual is the Shrimp Egg Foo Young. You can get it as its own meal, served with white rice and gravy. Or you can get it as a combination plate with an egg roll and pork fried rice. I usually do the combo because I love their pork fried rice. I am not big on egg rolls, but this one is pretty good dipped in some soy sauce or hot mustard. Mix the shrimp egg foo young, gravy, and rice together for good flavor. This is my go-to meal. Always good.

PJ's favorite is the Shrimp with Lobster Sauce. I have tried it, and it is pretty good but the sauce is a little too liquidy for me. He too gets his in the combo platter served with pork fried rice and an egg roll.

We also usually get some Crab Rangoons to share. They come with six total, so we each get three. They are so yummy when hot and fresh. They lose quality as they get colder, so try to gobble them up while hot! They are served with a pink sweet dipping sauce, like a sweet and sour sauce. Delish.

Those are the regulars. We have eaten here quite a few times - since they deliver it is always an easy option. We didn't want to always order the same things, so that we wouldn't get tired of our go-to menu items. So I have also tried the Crab Stick appetizers, which were horrible! It was like a imitation crab corn dog. Just not good at all. We never made the mistake of ordering those again. I sure wish I knew what was in that Pu Pu Platter. We have joked about trying it just because of the name. Hopefully it doesn't taste like its name.

I've tried the Lobster Cantonese, which was pretty much just a big liquidy concoction of lobster and veggies and a thin lobster sauce. Similar to the Shrimp in Lobster Sauce but with Lobster, in my opinion. I wasn't very impressed, so I haven't ordered that again either. PJ has tried the Shrimp with Black Bean Sauce and he didn't like that at all either.

I was pleased with the General Tso's Chicken, the Beef with Garlic Sauce, the Shrimp & Scallops with Garlic Sauce, and the Sesame Chicken. I know I need to venture out and try Chow Mein or Chop Suey or Szechuan anything, but I just don't know anything about those menu items and am afraid I may not like it. I will one day though. Really, I will!

We haven't been here in awhile, because last time we ordered from there we had a problem. They are supposed to be open until 11 PM during the week. You can order on the internet, which is a plus for us because I hate calling in orders. So we ordered our meal online at about 10:15 PM or so on a week night. They never came. Like, we have had to wait an hour or a little more before for them to deliver our food, which is a downfall in and of itself. So we were just waiting for our food for over an hour, wondering if they never received the order or if they were still going to deliver it. When we called just to check, they never answered. So we figured, maybe they are closed. Don't know why they were closed at 10:15 PM, but they were. And they even sent a confirmation email to my email address saying that they received our order and would deliver it shortly. The confirmation email is meant to confirm, so don't send out that email if you aren't open!  I had to call the next day and ask what happened, and they just said nonchalantly that they closed early and no one was there at that time to take our order. Just in a matter of fact tone. With no apologies. No discounts. Not even an ounce of guilt in his voice. Nothing. I think that was the last straw for us. Also, their website displays your final price and how much your credit card will be charged, including delivery fee. Then when they arrive, it is a more expensive price. When I asked about it, they said the delivery price has increased. Maybe they should change that on their website. Because I'm pretty sure it isn't legal to charge an unauthorized amount to someone's credit card. Even if it is only a dollar or some change more. So we have boycotted them for awhile until we (mainly I) feel ok about giving them our service again. Probably on a late night when we have no other options. They definitely need some improvements. In many aspects. But when you're feeling lazy and don't want to cook, or even drive anywhere to pick up some food, then Dragon City is not a bad choice. Just stick with what you like and you won't go wrong. And maybe expect to be waiting a little while ??

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