Time out: It’s the year of The Golden Dragon

By From page B3 | October 26, 2012

Restaurant: The Golden Dragon

Address: 1341 Broadway in Placerville

Phone: 530-621-1568

Hours: Open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and closed Mondays

Oh, man, Chinese Restaurant menus. There’s always, like, 1,400 choices and you know what? I almost always end up getting the same thing.

I’ve never really thought about why, either. Maybe it’s because, with so many different options, I end up overwhelmed and frustrated and go the easy route.

Or maybe it’s because I already know the dish I always get is going to be good.

Or maybe it’s because I’m just too darn lazy.

Or maybe it’s a combination of all of the above.

I have to start living a little, I know; take some “food risks.”

Well, maybe later, because tonight we are at The Golden Dragon to celebrate a special occasion and I don’t feel like experimenting with my taste buds.

As we walk in I notice that there are no foo dogs guarding the entrance, no lanterns or waterfalls adorning the dining area and that the restaurant has a ‘been here forever’ aura about it that I’ve always found comforting.

The wonderful smells emanating from the kitchen tonight are intoxicating and make my mouth water as soon as we are seated.

Also, the place is hopping. It’s a weekday night and it’s the busiest I’ve ever seen it. Very close to capacity, I estimate.

The crowd is made up of families, retired couples, some businessmen and one ‘solo act’ in a booth near the back.

A quick side note: Why is it considered OK to eat alone at a restaurant for lunch, and even breakfast, but not dinner? Why is there a stigma attached to that?

Anyway, back to the food. I won’t bore you with the usual “this is what we had, it was delicious, savory, aromatic and more” stuff.

Suffice to say that even though the perception is that most Chinese restaurants and the items they serve are mostly all interchangeable, this one is special.

First, the service is really fantastic. The wait staff is always courteous, attentive (but not too attentive, if you know what I mean. They don’t hover) and, perhaps most importantly, the staff does not rush you out the door once you’ve completed your meal.

Second, the food comes out fast and steaming hot. I mean supernova hot, and that is a good thing, indeed.

Third, the prices are reasonable and diners can share entrées. You might not think that’s a rare thing but I’m here to tell you that I was read the riot act for doing just that at another, never-to-be-named Chinese restaurant here in El Dorado County just recently. This is one of the reason why I came back here. And I will again, and again and again, because it’s good, really good.

Last, they have what you want, as far as options are concerned. Trust me.

It’s also conveniently located at 1341 Broadway in Placerville with plenty of parking.

Did I already say that their food is really good?

By the way, there are plenty of great businesses (not just restaurants) on Broadway. Be sure to check them out, too.

The Golden Dragon Restaurant is open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and closed Mondays.

To make a reservation or to check on the specials call 530-621-1568.

Earle Camembert

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