Cristóbal’s Rating: BETTER THAN NOTHING
- Authentic Cantonese BBQ
- Located in sketchy half-abandoned supermarket
- Limited table and chairs provided
- Drop all pretenses of sanitary expectations
One of the only vestiges of East Downtown’s dystopian historical Chinatown, this Cantonese BBQ stall is situated in a decrepit building that is officially supposed to be a Chinese supermarket, but would easily pass as a dilapidated and abandoned crime haven. But don’t be tricked by its shoddy exterior (and dimly-lit, unkempt interior), this spot is a favorite for downtown lunch goers, continuously attracting long lines (mainly Asians and Latinos, and African Americans) to dine in its street-style folded table and chairs mini-canteen. A word of caution, patronage of this stall is not for the germophobe or the Western-cultured, as the BBQ servers maintain their time-honored techniques of chopping charsiu and managing chunks of roast duck and pork with oily ungloved hands. While I have no personal sanitary objection, since the BBQ is authentic and quite scrumptious on good days, but it is nevertheless better to go in with the right attitude.