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BHM - Great Wall Chinese - The Real Deal

Wait, people did not know that was you on this board before I posted that link? If so, I did not mean to out you here. I assumed the few remaining BHM CH regulars had met you in real life and knew who you were. Oops. We can flag these posts and CH will likely delete if you wish.

The bun at GW are unlike any XLBs I have ever had and assumed they were a different animal. Luckily, I'll be in NYC for a few days next month and can confirm via trying multiple options there.

Aug 21, 2014
Dax in Central South

BHM - Great Wall Chinese - The Real Deal

Should have given some props to Chowhound but otherwise a great article as always Eric.

http://www.al.com/entertainment/index...

The bun dumplings that I tried there were not XLBs, or at least nothing like I have tried in NYC and Boston. Very little broth at all. Maybe they have multiple options?

Aug 20, 2014
Dax in Central South

Arby's, just how is their roast beef made?

Arby's way is not "natural" and you just stated that "the way nature made them" is the best way for your health?

Aug 07, 2014
Dax in Chains

Your best items at Sam's Club

I tend to shop mostly at Costco for durable goods and Aldi for other items (bread, condiments, butter, some cheeses, chips, etc but rarely meat there) and supplement with Publix and Piggly Wiggly.

We do not have Trader Joe's in BHM.

I keep hearing that the meats at Costco are now needled but perhaps the ones at Sam's are not? Do they have prime cuts? Are they good deals?

Good to see that granola is cheaper at Sam's.

Is their rotisserie as salty as the ones at Costco?

When we were there recently the loin back ribs were cryovac'd brine added and I prefer fresh which Costco sometimes sells.

The shredded cheddar sounds like a good deal as it is much higher elsehwhere. 14 2 cup servings would suggest that it is 7 lbs of cheese though ... seriously? $13 for 7 lbs is nuts.

Also, good to know about the 2 lbs of yeast. How long will an opened 1 lb package of active yeast last? How do you store it?

Jul 30, 2014
Dax in Chains

Your best items at Sam's Club

I bought the membership so now I am just looking for new suggestions for great itemst to buy at Sam's since the original thread started over 2.5 years ago.

And I am not looking for unlimited returns, but want to be able to return a product which is not good otherwise I will never gamble on buying new (more expensive) items I know nothing about.

Jul 29, 2014
Dax in Chains

Your best items at Sam's Club

Any updates to this would be great. Groupon was running a special for $35 for a membership plus a $20 Gift Card and some other free stuff so it was basically free to join for a year. We prefer Costco but the only Costco in town is about a 30 min drive vs 10 min for Sam's.

Plus Sam's is on the way out of town towards Atlanta so figured the gas savings alone would be nice. With that said, the gas was only $.06 cheaper per gallon than the gas station across the street. Costco seems to be consistently $.10 to $.15 less.

Cryovaced, brined baby backs were $3.99/lb but only sold in about $40 increments. That seems spendy for brined baby backs.

I did see that pre-cooked brisket mentioned up thread but it was not inexpensive.

Do they have a great return policy like Costco?

Jul 28, 2014
Dax in Chains

"Dirty" recipes that are crowd pleasers

That is basically Cracker Barrel's Hashbrown Casserole although the extra onions (fried and diced) and bacon are a new twist. People love this.

Jul 23, 2014
Dax in Home Cooking

Costco Food Finds - 3rd Quarter 2014

The roadshow scallops are the same ones as in the freezer, at least acording to the roadshow guy.

Jul 08, 2014
Dax in Chains

Great food and beer near Hilton checkers.

They went to Beer Belly and loved it. Fried duck livers and some beer he had been searching for ...

Props to the hounds as usual.

Jul 07, 2014
Dax in Los Angeles Area

Costco Food Finds - 3rd Quarter 2014

What do y'all think of their frozen sea scallops? At under $18/lb they are often as much as $10/lb less than local purveyors of "day boat" scallops.

We picked up a few to try as the seafood roadshow was in town and they were fine sauteed but released a lot of water/milky viscous substance when cut in half after cooking.

I assume this means they are treated (per the thread below) as we cooked in a butter/oil at a high temp.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/369900

Jul 07, 2014
Dax in Chains

Birmingham and Tuscaloosa

Fair enough, OP mentioned BBQ so I wanted to clarify that I don't consider DL ribs to be true 'cue. Additionally, while the one in TTown (and HSV) may be good, I would steer the OP away from grabbing tailgate from DL in BHM.

Jul 01, 2014
Dax in Central South

Birmingham and Tuscaloosa

Real barbecue is offset cooking without direct heat. That is about as direct as it gets. I've been to Dreamland in BHM about 15 times and IMO you can sometimes taste the burnt/creosote flavor on them.

I don't want "fall off the bone" by any means. A properly cooked rack should have some pull to the meat but I also don't want to feel like I'm gnawing on rawhide. This is not 100% of the case at Dreamland, but I can go to Saw's or even Jim and Nick's and get better ribs so why would I waste my money on DL? The only reason I go back is for work functions.

Jul 01, 2014
Dax in Central South

Birmingham and Tuscaloosa

No offense Charles and I have not been to the original in Ttown, but the Dreamland in BHM directly cooks their ribs over wood and coals. This is not (indirect) barbecue but flame grilled, which tends to make them tougher and they taste like a combination of burnt and sauce, which is NOT barbecue to me. YMMV.

You could also get takeout from Saw's which is the best 'cue in BHM although I think Jim and Nicks can be respectible too.

Jul 01, 2014
Dax in Central South

Birmingham and Tuscaloosa

Hopefully some T-town regs will chime in (are there any) but Saturdays in Tuscaloosa are nuts. You should bring your own food and beer to tailgate. You could call into Archibald's in Northport but again, traffic can be brutal around any SEC football down within 4-5 hours before game time.

For Friday night, I think you can get away with no coat at the bar area of Highlands. I would try for a reservation now.

Jun 23, 2014
Dax in Central South

BHM - Great Wall Chinese - The Real Deal

Those buns are definitely made in house. I should have clarified that on my first post and thanks go out to Yelp for that info which is part of what got me in the door.

Also, welcome back BD.

Jun 23, 2014
Dax in Central South

BHM - Great Wall Chinese - The Real Deal

They are definitely Lion's Head meatballs as we went for an early Father's Day two weeks ago. Note, they are not very firm and tend to fall apart but that is par for the course.

Dim Sum would be great but is more Cantonese?

Jun 22, 2014
Dax in Central South

Anything to look for in Aldis?

Yeah they tend to get about one each every few days plus they love the trader joe's assorted natural dog treats when we get to a trader joe's.

Jun 11, 2014
Dax in Chains

Anything to look for in Aldis?

This is getting off topic now but our two lab mutts love carrots so I grab the cheap bags of them at Aldi. I have not given them much other veggies but I guess carrots are sweet so they chomp down on them. They are a little more suspicious of them right out of the bag so I wash and cut into big chunks although they love the frankenstein baby carrots right out of the bag.

Jun 10, 2014
Dax in Chains

Anything to look for in Aldis?

Your dog eats a can of green beans a day? Do you just rinse them and serve with kibble or something?

Jun 09, 2014
Dax in Chains

Anything to look for in Aldis?

Their Simply Nature label is their organic label, or so I thought?

Jun 06, 2014
Dax in Chains

Great food and beer near Hilton checkers.

Great recs, thanks. Barbara's looks amazing but with no car City Tavern does not sound like a bad choice and only 1/2 mile away. I realize everyone drives out there.

Jun 06, 2014
Dax in Los Angeles Area

Great food and beer near Hilton checkers.

Now I wish I was there with them. Good recs, thanks. That pastrami from Langers looks on par with Katz which, while touristy, is awesome nonetheless.

Jun 06, 2014
Dax in Los Angeles Area

Great food and beer near Hilton checkers.

Great list, thanks!

Jun 06, 2014
Dax in Los Angeles Area

Great food and beer near Hilton checkers.

Some friends are in LA through the weekend for a wedding. They are looking for area restaurants to grab some middle price food (cuisine up in the air but good) but which has a great beer selection. Any ideas? I searched but could find nothing recent.

How is beer belly in korea town?

Jun 05, 2014
Dax in Los Angeles Area

BHM - Great Wall Chinese - The Real Deal

Serious kudos go to Brian C for bringing Great Wall back to everyone on Yelp's attention. Like Brian notes, this is the real deal based on my experience with various Chinese cuisines (albeit in major US cities, not actually in China). Sally and I pigged out recently for lunch and we may have a new favorite (yes even over Red Pearl but not 100% yet).

The Pan Fried Buns are fantastic and served with (black) Chinkiang Vinegar. I made the mistake of opening one and perhaps it was slightly underdone but I have also learned sometimes to just eat my food and quit playing with it. They are cooked for 25 minutes so it had to be done. I also requested chili oil for dipping and they were happy to provide. 6 sizable buns for $8. RP makes nothing like this.

Next came a bunch of family style dishes split between the two of us. Yes we had leftovers. We ordered:

1. Sautéed green beans. These are excellent but lack the char one might find at RP. However, they are served with plenty of ground meat so be forewarned (this is a common theme on “Vegetable” headers for lots of Chinese restaurants). I loved them but would have liked a little more blackened skin. $7.95 and a little larger in portion size than at RP.

2. Fried Squid with Salt & Pepper. $12.95 but twice the size of the “salted crispy squid” at RP for $9.99. These were pretty amazing but I do prefer them to be a little more salty a la RP, plus RP had more jalapenos and fried cilantro which is delicious.

3. Spicy chicken which is not on the online menu but is available and amazing. The price was probably around $10.95 like the most expensive chicken dishes on the menu but this dish was fantastic. Not quite as “ma la” or plain all out spicy as the version at RP (7.99) but definitely twice the size. Plus sometimes the dish at RP gets ridiculously spicy.

4. Hot Spicy Fish Fillet with Tofu for $12.95. This dish was good but we prefer the fried version at RP. I wish RP’s had silky tofu as well though. You can’t always get what you want.

The waiter and perhaps the owner came by to say hello and ask how everything was plus really seemed cool with our baby sitting beside us for lunch telling us how she will grow up eating like us! I believe she also said their new chef of 3 months is from Shanghai so will have to look into some Shanghai favorites (Lion’s head meatballs for one, as I saw meatballs on the menu).

This was a lot of food but we also had a tab of about $62 before tip which is spendy for lunch. We typically over order at RP too but leave for under $40. Most of the time we have leftovers and we had a decent amount here even after stuffing ourselves.

The most important thing to remember here is that we now have options in BHM. RP covers the gamut while Mr. Chen’s strong suit is Taiwanese. Great Wall may focus on Shanghai options but not entirely. I also heard that the Black Pearl now has some more authentic dishes.

I, for one, welcome our new Chinese overlords and thank UAB for being around to help lure people here to town.

Jun 04, 2014
Dax in Central South

Athens Ga

The cheese and oysters are all great, as is the belly. The squid ink could have just been a wrong order but the way it was handled iritated me. The chicken liver mousse is good but has a very strong iron taste and sometimes the reduction can be overpowering. I want to love BB but it hasn't done it yet.

May 29, 2014
Dax in Southeast

Athens Ga

CDawg, what do you get at BB? My last two experiences there were not very good.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/405954

Mama's Boy is fine. I need to hit the National again.

I like Harry's a lot. Big fan of their pulled pork and spicy sauce (on the side), the pork nachos and their brunswick stew.

Tlaloc is awesome salvadoran. Great pupusas, tacos, etc.

We stopped at Marker 7 again this past weekend. It has a nice covered porch and a view of five points although why they did not add fans I will never know. The fried calamari "with jalapenos" had one sliver of jalapeno. The oysters (LA) were not shucked the best and had lots of shell and dirt on them. Drink menu is not bad and my friend loves the clam strips.

Shokitini is ok for Athens sushi.

We really wanted to try Catch 22. Awesome menu but they closed at 3 PM on Memorial Day so we ended up at catch. I hear great things about the chef who also owns Chops and Hops in Watkinsville.

Eastside Peking still has a "secret" menu which is not offered unless requested. We had the beef with grandmas sauce which was pretty good although they showed us the jar of grandma's sauce. Dan dan noodles were so hot they were almost not edible. We were going to order the sauteed strings beans but $13 is spendy for nothing but beans. Still, your only slightly authentic Chinese option for Athens.

May 28, 2014
Dax in Southeast

Current Lunch Recs for Saturday in Birmingham

I missed this but where did you go? The Central South board is pretty dead these days.

May 27, 2014
Dax in Central South

Costco Food Finds - 2nd Quarter 2014

Those salmon treats are some powerful smelling treats but my dogs go nuts for them and they are the perfect size.

May 27, 2014
Dax in Chains

Best Eats in Athens GA

We stopped by the Branded Butcher for about the fourth time since it opened two weeks ago during Twilight. Luckily it was pre-race and not busy. The raw oysters and smoked fish spread were excellent. However, we took a gamble and went with the salad with squid and squid ink vinaigrette. Ughh, the squid was rubbery and the vinaigrette was black death and overpowering until that is all we tasted. When the waiter saw we only took one bite and asked how it was we responded different and not our thing and pushed it to the side. I never ask for nor expect free items but in that instance, he should have at least asked if we wanted a replacement salad or something else. I feel that BB is great in general but about as expensive as 5&10 so I doubt we will return too often.

The beer and booze selection at Trapeze are good but I found the food wanting.

I need to try that Clocked burger.

May 05, 2014
Dax in Southeast