Hong Kong Carrboro
Before giving a bad review on Yelp, especially of a local business, I like to go back a few times to see if it was just an off day for their staff before making my decision.
Unfortunately, after going to Hong Kong Chinese Restaurant several times for lunch and dinner I cannot say that I will be going back there again, which is sad because I really like to frequent local places.
The service was fair but quick and I liked the fact that I could call and pick up the food. The interior of this feels shabby and a bit greasy. When I sat down to wait for my food I noticed that the table had a greasy film on it. This is not the type of place where one would like to eat there due to the grimy feeling there was in the seating area. After that I called in advance so I would not have to wait inside for too long.
As for the food, it was nothing special and I felt underwhelmed. The several dishes that I had were:
-Hunan Beef felt too salty and there was too much sauce and not enough beef in it. The little bit of beef on the plate had a weird taste to it and never ordered it again.
-Kung Pao Chicken with Peanuts had a weird consistency to it, and again it was saturated with sauce and sodium.
-Boneless Spare Ribs had way too much fat on it to eat; a few of the pieces were mostly fat.
-Egg Drop Soup was too salty to really enjoy it.
-Steamed broccoli with white rice was below average with the broccoli being a little too old and soggy for my taste.
Sometimes, hole in the wall kind of places are hidden gems and I had hoped that this place would be that due to the convenience but this place is not for those that like good food. It's for those who value price. Although it is not to say this place does not meet a certain niche, but I think after trying this place a few times that I am not part of their niche as I like good food.