Right off Franklin Rd in Marietta, where it crosses the 120-South Loop, somebody dug a hole to China, specifically the Szechuan region and out popped some of the spiciest Chang chow to ever pan-fry a palate. From what I hear, the chef who dug the hole at Taste of China, calls himself Peter Chang and he launches some of the most on-target, heat-sinking missles of meat, mein and Mouth-tse Tongue this side of the Great Wall. Chang must have been the guy who stood in front of the tank in Tiananmen Square, because he doesn't kow-tow to even the most stalwart Chinese-American-trained taste buds. This ain't your Daddy's Happy Family w/egg roll and egg-drop soup. No siree! More like a happy family on steroids! Egg-rolled rage, so to speak! From the hot-damn Dan Dan noodles to the incendiary devices planted in the fried dry-eggplant sticks, there is not a plate that comes out of Taste of China's kitchen that doesn't give new meaning to Lt Colonel Kilgore's exclamation of delight, "I love the smell of Napalm in the morning!" in "Apocalypse Now." This stuff will burn you up, baby. Fourth of July fireworks going off in your mouth, food-rookie. But don't be scared. This is not heat for torture's sake. Rather, sit back and enjoy as Chang's Culinary Circus of Pyrotechnics brings out the Forbidden City flavors in food through deft use of sizzle-spice that makes them confess their charms and give up their goods. In so doing, Chang turns foods that were foes into friends. Noses that turned up at tripe and tongue now whiff with delight at these new bites of dine-oh-my-te! Forget the threat of Red China--Chang's Taste of China, through diner diplomacy has normalized relations with Red Pepper China by calming fears of the unknown tongue or tail. Even if it took lighting a little fire under your palate to do it. Nothing like a meating of the mines, or in this case, a mining of the meats, to bring about world peace. All aboard this peace train to Szechuan. Hope Chang's hole remains open for a long time to come.
1986 Tucker Industrial RdTucker, GA 30084
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Clean modern atmosphere. A unique aspect of the menu is the coconut. You can get fresh coconut water, coconut soup and other coconut dishes. I definitely enjoyed this less common feature! The staff are kind and helpful. I had the Mongolian Beef as I consider it a safe bet and good indicator of the quality of the other dishes. Their Mongolian Beef is definitely worth having. Something to note about the location, it's within walking distance to Picture Show Entertainment, a modern day dollar movie theater.
This restaurant had very good food and a nice atmosphere. It was elegant enough to take a date, but casual enough to bring a family with children. There was a large variety of items on the menu, including many soups and appetizers, and not just traditional Chinese. They also have numerous sushi items (which I did not try) as well as several Thai selections (which were wonderful). The staff was very friendly and attentive, and the food came out quickly.