A Chowhound report on the revamped Hunan Bar and Restaurant alerted me that Sichuan food has hit Davis, CA. Hunan Bar used to be horrible, so I was glad to hear that @geo12the found their new menu on par with the best Sichuan in the Bay Area.
I mentioned Hunan to a friend in Davis, and she told me that a lot has changed in Davis in the past year. There are several new Chinese places with regional specialties, some of which replaced Chinese American restaurants.
- Chengdu Style, which according to ABC records is registered as “Chengdu Taste.” Is this related to Berkeley restaurant Chengdu Style or the LA Chain Chengdu Taste? Dang, it looks like they have Toothpick Lamb, which is only on 2-3 menus in the Bay Area (including Berkeley’s Chengdu Style)!
- China Bistro has all you can eat Beijing style hot pot, dry pot, and a handful of Beijing style dishes.
- Tasty Kitchen Hong Kong style food.
- Boiling Pot Taiwanese hot pot.
Has anyone else tried any of these new restaurants? How do you find they compare to the major players in the Bay Area and elsewhere? And how is the quality these days at 10+ year old Shanghai Town and Taiwanese Hometown Chinese Restaurant, Dumpling House, and Davis Noodle City?