Taste of the Triad with glowing review of local Chinese restaurant

The anonymous restaurant critic from the Taste of the Triad gave glowing remarks to Phoenix Asian Cuisine off of New Garden Road. Unfortunately, I’m wary of the authenticity and definition of “first-rate Chinese” when the critic compares the restaurant to P.F. Chang’s China Bistro. Little bells went off in my head:
Warning!
Warning!


Reason behind the red flashing and warning bells. P.F. Chang’s has always been mediocre Chinese food at best from every Chinese person I have ever met. That along with the nuevo riche atmosphere and slightly higher pricing made it a place not truly Chinese.
Even Chinatown back home was a tourist-ridden area where most Chinese people would stay away from when it came to truly great food. It was the little restaurants hidden away in the suburbs that were the best and advertising was strictly word-of-mouth.
While I will be venturing to Phoenix Asian Cuisine in the near future to tempt my tastebuds on a little something closer to home, I still have my doubts on how great it could be. I truly hope that I am wrong and that Greensboro finally has seen the light of good Asian cuisine. But we shall see.

  • Sue

    Fer goodness sakes, Ben! Eat there and let us know. PF Chang’s is a hot, noisy, chain. Is there REAL Chinese food in GSO besides when your mother visits?

  • Sue

    Fer goodness sakes, Ben! Eat there and let us know. PF Chang’s is a hot, noisy, chain. Is there REAL Chinese food in GSO besides when your mother visits?

  • David Wharton

    We tried P. F. Chang’s at Southpoint — maybe not great, but better than any Chinese we’ve had in Greensboro.
    We’ll have to give Phoenix a shot.

  • We tried P. F. Chang’s at Southpoint — maybe not great, but better than any Chinese we’ve had in Greensboro.
    We’ll have to give Phoenix a shot.

  • Taste of the Triad

    Thanks for reading the column and being interested enough to generate some buzz. And I look forward to your take on the Phoenix. what impressed me was how fresh the ingredients were, how carefully prepared and how the sauce didn’t taste as if they’d just been poured out of a bottle. As far as authenticity, that, of course depends on the chef. The owner is Marie Peng, formerly of Lin�s Garden and Chinatown Express — neither of which I got a chance to try. And, yes, P.F. Chang’s is a chain, and chains seek to take the middle road, but I find the food consistent and they do use first-rate, fresh ingredients. In other words, not bad for food on the road.

  • Taste of the Triad

    Thanks for reading the column and being interested enough to generate some buzz. And I look forward to your take on the Phoenix. what impressed me was how fresh the ingredients were, how carefully prepared and how the sauce didn’t taste as if they’d just been poured out of a bottle. As far as authenticity, that, of course depends on the chef. The owner is Marie Peng, formerly of Lin�s Garden and Chinatown Express — neither of which I got a chance to try. And, yes, P.F. Chang’s is a chain, and chains seek to take the middle road, but I find the food consistent and they do use first-rate, fresh ingredients. In other words, not bad for food on the road.

  • darkmoon

    Thank you for posting TotT! I didn’t think I would generate much buzz at all. I have spoken to my girlfriend, and we are excited to try Phoenix.
    True to my word however, I have yet to be wow’d by anything in the Carolinas yet. What can I say, I was spoiled when I grew up in Seattle.
    Just a thought also. Nothing wrong with chains. The main issue I usually have is how Americans view Chinese food. The first thing that comes out of my mouth usually is: “Is it Americanized?” I believe you can understand why. I never understood what the fascination with chop suey was when the literal translation is “leftovers”.
    In any case, I truly hope that it’s great since it’s the one thing I can’t really find in the Triad.
    Thanks again for the recommendation!

  • darkmoon

    Thank you for posting TotT! I didn’t think I would generate much buzz at all. I have spoken to my girlfriend, and we are excited to try Phoenix.
    True to my word however, I have yet to be wow’d by anything in the Carolinas yet. What can I say, I was spoiled when I grew up in Seattle.
    Just a thought also. Nothing wrong with chains. The main issue I usually have is how Americans view Chinese food. The first thing that comes out of my mouth usually is: “Is it Americanized?” I believe you can understand why. I never understood what the fascination with chop suey was when the literal translation is “leftovers”.
    In any case, I truly hope that it’s great since it’s the one thing I can’t really find in the Triad.
    Thanks again for the recommendation!

  • Sue

    David, I have eaten at a variety of PF Changs in MD, VA, and the one at Southpoint (which is the best, IMO). Every PF I’ve been to is crowded and you’re butting arms against others; it’s hard to find a clear shot to the ladies room. But fundamentally, it’s not really Chinese; it’s a chain. The sauce schtick, whatever. I’m an ex-NYer and my backdoor neighbor, Mr. Wong, owned the town’s Chinese Restaurant. He never let us order, just brought out food. I’m spoiled regarding Chinese cuisine.

  • Sue

    David, I have eaten at a variety of PF Changs in MD, VA, and the one at Southpoint (which is the best, IMO). Every PF I’ve been to is crowded and you’re butting arms against others; it’s hard to find a clear shot to the ladies room. But fundamentally, it’s not really Chinese; it’s a chain. The sauce schtick, whatever. I’m an ex-NYer and my backdoor neighbor, Mr. Wong, owned the town’s Chinese Restaurant. He never let us order, just brought out food. I’m spoiled regarding Chinese cuisine.

  • So, what’s your opinion of China’s Best on Lawndale? That’s about the only place we eat Chinese from.

  • So, what’s your opinion of China’s Best on Lawndale? That’s about the only place we eat Chinese from.

  • darkmoon

    Never tried China’s Best. Nothing against the place, just never tried it. Call me paranoid but I usually stay away from any names with “One”, “Best”, or “Express” unless my better half has a craving.
    My actual favorite in SouthPoint was called Big Bowl: Asian Kitchen but that wasn’t Chinese food. It was more fusion pan-asian. Good though.
    There is a place in Asheville that really reminds me of home. Blanking on the name, but it’s the only noodle shop downtown. I think Greensboro needs one of those downtown.
    Then my only quibble would be how to hold chopsticks. ^o^

  • darkmoon

    Never tried China’s Best. Nothing against the place, just never tried it. Call me paranoid but I usually stay away from any names with “One”, “Best”, or “Express” unless my better half has a craving.
    My actual favorite in SouthPoint was called Big Bowl: Asian Kitchen but that wasn’t Chinese food. It was more fusion pan-asian. Good though.
    There is a place in Asheville that really reminds me of home. Blanking on the name, but it’s the only noodle shop downtown. I think Greensboro needs one of those downtown.
    Then my only quibble would be how to hold chopsticks. ^o^

  • My favorite Chinese Food place is Bojangles. Bojangles? you ask. Yes, They sell chicken and rice too…and when compared to all other Chinese restaurants it just spanks them.

  • My favorite Chinese Food place is Bojangles. Bojangles? you ask. Yes, They sell chicken and rice too…and when compared to all other Chinese restaurants it just spanks them.

  • Robert Bedwell

    We recently ate at the Phoenix Asian. I must qualify my comments by stating that I have never eaten at PF Changs nor any asian restaurant in Greensboro that I would go back to. However, I did enjoy the food at the Phoenix but that doesn’t mean very much in what is good Chinese food. I thought it was definitely good and we are going back tonight. I must not be the only one that liked it because the parking lot was full. The traffic at the shopping center has really picked up with Phoenix Asian and Carrabas within thowing distance of each other.

  • Robert Bedwell

    We recently ate at the Phoenix Asian. I must qualify my comments by stating that I have never eaten at PF Changs nor any asian restaurant in Greensboro that I would go back to. However, I did enjoy the food at the Phoenix but that doesn’t mean very much in what is good Chinese food. I thought it was definitely good and we are going back tonight. I must not be the only one that liked it because the parking lot was full. The traffic at the shopping center has really picked up with Phoenix Asian and Carrabas within thowing distance of each other.

  • angel

    I have try Pf Changs…and I think Phoenix asian cuisine is much I mean way much better than Pf changs…If you are looking for real chinese food you should go to Phoeix bc pf changs is more like america chinese food…A++++ on Phoenix…

  • angel

    I have try Pf Changs…and I think Phoenix asian cuisine is much I mean way much better than Pf changs…If you are looking for real chinese food you should go to Phoeix bc pf changs is more like america chinese food…A++++ on Phoenix…

  • Phoenix Asian Cuisine is mmm mmm good

    Some time ago, I had a little friendly tiff with the local food critic, Taste of the Triad, on his review of Phoenix Asian Cuisine, and how it compared to P.F. Chang’s. Okay okay, so I’ve been busy seeing that…

  • Phoenix Asian Cuisine is mmm mmm good

    Some time ago, I had a little friendly tiff with the local food critic, Taste of the Triad, on his review of Phoenix Asian Cuisine, and how it compared to P.F. Chang’s. Okay okay, so I’ve been busy seeing that…