Sampling Tso's

TAKEOUT

October 05, 2005|By SAM SESSA | SAM SESSA,SUN REPORTER

When it comes to Chinese-American takeout, General Tso's Chicken is always at the top of the list. If you pick the right place (which is harder than it seems), your order won't be a greasy mush. Try these spots for starters.

SZECHUAN RESTAURANT

1125 S. Charles St.

410-752-8409

HOURS // 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday to Friday; 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday Szechuan Restaurant's General Tso's ($10.45) keeps the emphasis on the meat. Large chicken tenders lie in a spicy red-pepper sauce, with a couple of crisp florets of broccoli shoved off to the side. The restaurant also tosses bits of egg into the white rice, served separately.

CHINATOWN CAFE

323 Park Ave.

410-727-6556

HOURS // 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday to Thursday; 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday to Sunday

Soft and spongy, the chicken can be sliced with the side of your fork. A couple of red peppers nestled underneath add a shade of spice to the meat's thin glaze coating. The meat and broccoli come in a reusable hard plastic container, with rice in a side carton. The cost is $8.50.

CAFE ZEN

438 E. Belvedere Ave.

410-532-0022

HOURS // 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday to Saturday and 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday to Monday.

Cafe Zen's Tso's ($11.50) is crunchy and sticky. Zen scraps the broccoli in favor of extra chicken, with rice in a side carton. Although listed on the menu as "spicy hot," the meat is more sweet than spicy. This particular order was cooked a little too long, and the peppers were almost black.

HUNAN CHEF

2007 York Road, Timonium

410-560-7088

HOURS // 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Monday to Thursday; 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday

The lunch order of Tso's ($4.75) is better than average, with chicken on one side of the plastic-foam container, rice on the other and a borderline of broccoli. The nugget-sized balls of fried chicken are equally tender, sweet and spicy.

Know of a good carryout place? Let us hear about it. Write to sam.sessa@baltsun.com.

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