So when I moved to Worcester I quickly .located my fav Pizza and Chinese places. Originally pizza was Niko’s on Grafton St. now it’s Pop’s Pizza in Tatnuck Sq. but that’s a whole other long story for another blog. My favorite Chinese place was Ping’s Garden.
Both pizza and Chinese food are two styles of take out that are easily and often duplicated and you can find both of them almost anywhere you look in the US. The problem with this is quantity wins out over quality many times. I have had some very bad pizza and some very bad Chinese food in Worcester and in my opinion I have also had some of the best. It’s all a matter of trying different places and seeing what works for you. Of course many people views vary and people are extremely decisive and defend their choice vehemently. I really think it harkens back to childhood. These are comfort foods and when you grow up eating certain things these feelings stick with you your whole life.
Which brings me to my point; Ping’s recently closed for awhile and opened under new management. The new management did the unthinkable. They turned a nice Chinese restaurant with a fun (if not aged) décor, small buffet, and good all around menu into a Super Buffet. Now for those of you not hip to the Chinese food lingo, a Super Buffet is an even more fast food version of Chinese food. It is an all you can eat trough style buffet restaurant. Heck calling it a restaurant is a mockery in of itself. The staff is adorned in silly looking bright fuchsia shirts that one Worcester troglodyte mistook completely when he commented, “Wow they are wearing those kimono things!” The food itself is bland, the décor is uninspired and the wait staff literally stands there and watches you eat like a hawk. All they do is refill your water and wait to swoop in when you have cleared your plate. I swear the woman gave me my check, walked five feet away and stared at me till I got up and paid the bill. The whole experience offended me, and excuse the pun but it left a sour taste in my mouth. They definitely lost a loyal customer in me.
Now I am left for naught because I have to once again search for a new Chinese restaurant in Worcester. I try to avoid Nancy Chang’s if I can. A lot of people I know swear by it but I think its one of the more pretentious restaurants in Worcester and the food really isn’t all its cracked up to be. I have heard good things about Red Lantern on Shrewsbury St, but the mere fact that’s its on Shrewsbury St makes me wary that it’s more about the image than the food. But I will hold of final judgment till I try it.
But sorry for the soliloquy folks I just needed to vent if anyone else knows of any good places let me know. thanks
When I moved to Worcester roughly 5 years ago one of the things I loved most about the city was its diversity of cultures and businesses. Growing up in the burbs we didn’t have much variety in culture and especially in food culture, i.e. restaurants. We had your staples of fast food, pizza and Chinese take out. As silly as this might sound due to the lack of diversity in food choices I took my love of certain types of foods to heart and every time I have moved somewhere new I always seek out these comfort foods in that specific community. Of course my tastes fall far outside the range of pizza and Chinese but they are childhood fav’s so they stick with me even today.