9150 N. Michigan Rd
I used to work right across the street, but I found Sesame (then Cheng Du) and never looked back. One of my readers said they had the best Hot & Sour in town, so I had to check it out.
What I Ate: Hot & Sour Soup. Onion Beef. $5.95
Service was Soup Nazi-ish. People might say it is efficient, others might say it was unwelcoming.
Hot & Sour arrived about 4 seconds after I ordered. It was the standard Hot & Sour, over peppered and a touch too thick. It tasted exactly the same at the Food King on 86th St. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t unique.
Onion beef arrived quickly after. White onion, decent quality beef, no surprises here. Honestly, it was just boring, and flat out bad. My wife had Chicken Low Mein and that was really bad. Gravy based, stale mushrooms and lacked flavor as well. Meal was served with a Crab Rangoon and that was equally as disappointing.
Would I Buy It Again? No. Never again and the biggest No I can possibly give. A two course 24 minute lunch I wish that I could have back.
Most Importantly: Sometimes ethnic places can be a little dingy and that is part of the charm. I walked in and felt as if the place was a little dirty. Menu was dirty and we sat by a service table that was right in the middle of the restaurant. Fortune cookies were stuffed into old Foldgers cans and there was boxes, old phone books and junk piled around the welcome counter.
I look on the Marion County Health Department website and they had 14 violations (6 critical) on their last visit 2/24/09.
However, there were a lot of people there so they must being something right?!