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The Chronicle Visits 'Meh' A-OK Chinese

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The Chronicle visits A-OK Chinese on South Lamar this week, and while the concept has promise the food disappoints. The American-style Chinese restaurant focused on high-quality ingredients does not deliver on execution, according to reviewer Kate Thornberry.

The Kung Pao chicken ($11) bore so little resemblance to any version of this dish I have ever tasted that I would never have known what it was supposed to be, had there not been a few telltale peanuts in its watery sauce. The salt-and-pepper shrimp ($11) and the honey-sesame chicken ($11) were the best of all the dishes I tried, but the highest praise I can give them is of the faint variety: They were reasonably tasty and inoffensive.
Thornberry also notes she "really wanted to like it" and returned numerous times.

Texas Monthly gives the El Chile Group's new burger concept El Sapo a quick look.

Think queso-smothered french fries afloat in caramelized onions and a dozen-plus options for burgers and a riot of Tex-Mex-inclined toppings. The black-bean veggie burger comes with thick slabs of white Mexican cheese, an addition that's in keeping with El Sapo's "more is more" mantra. The cocktails are fun (like a tropical rum punch), and the wine comes from a select group of Texas wineries.

THE BLOGS: South Austin Foodie is a fan of A-OK Chinese, a Taste of Koko rounds up all the best non-Franklin barbecue in Austin, and Forks Up enjoys Odd Duck.
· A-OK Chinese: More Like 'Meh' [Chronicle]
· El Sapo [TM]
· All Week in Reviews Coverage [EATX]
[Photo: A-OK Chinese/Facebook]

A-OK Chinese

1509 S. Lamar Austin TX

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