As someone that grew up in the Mid-Del area, I was raised eating Chinese food from Mandarin, a little family-owned restuarant on S.E. 44th. Over the years however, the quality of Mandarin's food has seemed to wane; everything all of a sudden seemed very greasy, and everything was coming with less meats and vegetables. Long Zhu, which as been open around six months (as of 4/08) is just the opposite. Their food is made to order from scratch (which unlike most Chinese restaurants nowadays means processed stuff heated up in a wok); when you order fried rice with beef or pork, there's actually big pieces of beef or pork in it. The egg rolls are homemade. Everything is served hot. There's a ton of a variety, and you get large portions of everything. And to top it all off, the prices are very reasonable. The only drawback that I've encourted thus far is that as yet, they only take cash. Since I never carry cash, this is often an issue for me. Otherwise, it's fantastic, and if you're ever in the Del City area, or just really want quality Chinese food, and I highly recommend it!
We decided on Golden Corral at this location for Thanksgiving Day Dinner. We arrived about 11:15 AM to a small line of about 8 people out the door. The line moved quickly but quickly formed behind us even faster after we got inside the doors. Within about 15 minutes of line-waiting we got our drinks and paid for our meal, then the REAL wait began. They were completely at FULL capacity and had NO available tables to seat anyone further. So we waited 20 minutes with our drinks in hand to be seated for dinner. Once we got a table (for 5) , the buffet remained completely stocked with all of the traditional Thanksgiving dinner fare in addition to all the steaks, pot roast,meatloaf,, pizza and desserts we could eat . We decided then and there that this was going to be an annual deal for us! Loved the food,,,so fresh and delicious and great wait staff.. If you can arrive early and handle a little wait on MAJOR holidays, which is only to be expected, you won't be disappointed!
We ordered brocolli and chicken, pepper steak, beef fried rice, and 2 beef and cabage eggrolls for two. The food was great! All the vegitables in the brocolli and chicken and peppersteak were all fresh, crisp, and still reamined to keep their personnal flavors while being in the savory sauces of the entree'. The meats were tender and juicy. the rice was fresh, perfectly cooked, not over done, soggy, or split. The beef and cabbage eggroll was wonderful as well. The only questionable item was the price. We ordered like a family meal, it was a little high, and the quanitity of food in the order didn't really compare to the frice we paide. So go there, enjoy the food and the great service hospitality, but just order the individual dinners. Trust me, you will want more and that is why they are still so exceptional even the price issue.