GREAT EASTERN CHINESE RESTAURANT 323 Park Ave., Baltimore. Hours: Open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Mondays to Fridays; noon to 11 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Call (410) 685-2868. Great Eastern's spicy pork lo mein is the only reason I ever finished renovating my Ridgely's Delight row house. Every weekend I would promise my neighbor, Art, a large order of pork lo mein ($5.50) and shrimp toast ($3.50) if he would just help me put up another panel of Sheetrock. It worked.
This nifty little carryout also delivers downtown.
I love Great Eastern's won ton soup ($2.20 for a large container), with its delicate fresh ginger flavor. Skip the egg rolls ($1.20 each) -- they are too full of cabbage for my taste.
Great Eastern has its share of "starred" or hot and spicy dishes, for example, kung pao chicken with peanuts ($6.95). Don't let the hot-and-spicy description scare you, though. I felt the dishes were comparatively mild.