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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Dinner: Royal Mandarin in National City

Last week, we had dinner to-go from our old favorite stomping ground, Royal Mandarin in National City. We haven't ate there since they burned down/remodeled late last year and wanted to give it a shot since the reopening over a month ago. I'd be lying if I told you I didn't have any concerns. Many places that have been closed for a good amount of time don't get back to their former glory. Fortunately, Royal Mandarin, the restaurant that I've been going to since I was a small child is still fucking AWESOME!

Dinner: Royal Mandarin in National City: Salted Pepper Chicken Wings

Royal Mandarin is the place that started the Salted Pepper Chicken Wings craze in San Diego. Now every Chinese restaurant sells their own version of it. I don't blame them though, cause they're that great! The Salted Pepper Chicken Wings is one dish that is ordered on a regular whenever I eat there. And I've been eating there for a real long time. This is also one dish that can be found at many Filipino parties across the South Bay San Diego. And I should know since I'm Filipino. The photo above is a picture of the small party tray offered at the restaurant. Oh, and the wings are huge!

Dinner: Royal Mandarin in National City: Mongolian Beef

Then we have the Mongolian Beef (above). It's your standard variety that every Chinese restaurant tends to have. Yes, they're good, but that's not one of their main strengths like the chicken wings. Plenty of beef in the dish compared to other establishments.

We also got the Honey Walnut Shrimp (below). What I like about the way they did it is that they give you the walnuts as a side in a bag instead of them topping it off. Some don't care for the walnuts and feel it's nice not to pick it off every once and awhile. I on the other hand love it. The photo above is about one fifth of walnuts that they gave us. So, there's plenty of nuts for those that want them, just not shown in the photo.

Dinner: Royal Mandarin in National City: Honey Walnut Shrimp

Next, we have is the Shrimp Fried Rice (below). Another dish we always get when ordering from Royal Mandarin. I know it's just fried rice to some, but there's something about it that makes me love them. I really can't pin point what it is. Whatever, it's plain old good! Nuff said...

Dinner: Royal Mandarin in National City: Shrimp Fried Rice

So, in a nut shell, Royal Mandarin is back and better than ever! It's great to see Royal Mandarin up and running again. The place hasn't lost it's step despite the hurdle that they had to overcome late last year. The restaurant is hands down my favorite Chinese food establishment ever. They have the best Salt and Pepper Chicken Wings and as a whole, just delicious! I don't care what anyone else says!

So, do yourself a favor and check them out. That is all... happy eating.

Royal Mandarin Restaurant
1132 E Plaza Blvd, Ste 205
National City, CA 91950

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