One year and almost five months later, and I still don’t feel like I’ve gotten my arms around all of the best/famous/local favorite restaurants here in San Diego. Gosh, there’s a lot of delicious places to eat here. I rely on recommendations and suggestions and of course some of those “best of” lists to get ideas of where to eat next, besides plain ol’ wandering into holes in the wall in my neighborhood.
Needless to say, I was pretty excited when the nice folks over at Wang’s North Park asked if I wanted to stop by and review their restaurant. Um, heck yes!
Wang’s is an old school Chinese restaurant, which, if I’m being completely transparent, I hadn’t even heard yet. I don’t tend to spend much time in North Park, except to get my haircut every few months which, turns out, is right down the block from Wang’s.
Somehow I’ve failed to see their huge neon sign in the daytime……
Anyways, I was immediately struck by how friendly everyone who worked at the restaurant was, from the waiter to the busboy to the manager. Have you ever eaten at a place when the staff is completely unfriendly or even rude? Yeah, no thanks.
I grew up in New York City, so I’m admittedly a tough critic of Chinese restaurants, because I’m used to the good stuff (see also: pizza and bagels).
We started off with some drinks, including one of their speciality cocktails: the “Inspector Wang.”
How great is that name?
The light was not the best for taking photos, but believe me when I say this was electric blue colored and tasted like my freshman year of college.
As an appetizer, we ordered the steamed dumplings – half chicken with black bean, half lemongrass-coconut shrimp.
I LOVE dumplings at Chinese restaurants, but I’d say these were just okay. At least the chicken – I didn’t try the shrimp ones, but my dining partner really liked ‘em.
For my main dish, I ordered Buddha’s Belly with chicken, aka a whoooole lot of veggies stir-fried in a yummy sauce and served with brown rice. AND they brought out a side of sriracha sauce.
This was pretty good, especially with the extra heat added!
Although I liked this, I’m sort of kicking myself for not ordering something more exciting or traditional. Their menu was pretty big, and everything sounded so good that I went with the dish I knew I’d probably enjoy most.
My dining partner ordered the Banana Leaf Basa Fish, which was really impressive in terms of presentation! It was wrapped in a banana leaf (surprise!), and served alongside sliced mango in a big steamer basket. He said it was delicious!
We were both just so excited about the way it was brought to the table! Easy to please?
Hands down favorite part? The fortune cookies we got at the end. I know, I knoooow, but so many more modern Chinese restaurants seem to forget about this piece of the meal, and it’s always what I look forward to the most.
I would definitely come here again, and I want to bring my parents because they’re hardcore New Yorkers who appreciate the art of a well-made egg roll.
Oh, and I promised our waiter I’d mention him for the single ladies out there… His name is Matt and he was hilarious. Go get him, girls.
Big thank you to Wang’s for having me!
Wang’s North Park
3029 University Avenue
San Diego, CA 92104
**My entire meal was complimentary courtesy of Wang’s restaurant, but all opinions are honest and 100% my own.