Tag: Take Out

Grand China – Middleton, WI

Having moved to Middleton and wanting some Chinese take-out, I did a quick Google search and found a few places close to me. One was named Grand China (the name of a Chinese take-out I love in Stoughton, WI) so I decided to try them out.

I ordered a couple of my favorites, steamed dumplings, broccoli with garlic sauce and General Tso’s chicken. After they took my phone number I was told it would be ten minutes.

Google showed me that I was about six minutes from the restaurant so I got ready and drove to Grand China. The Restaurant is located next to McDonald’s and Starbuck’s in a small strip mall. There are a couple of tables and chairs to sit and eat your meal, but most of the location is taken up by the kitchen and counter.

The staff, from my initial phone conversation to my visit to the restaurant, were friendly and very nice.

My order was ready when I arrived and after I paid for it and was leaving the lady behind the counter informed me I could grab a can of soda for free. Nice touch.

I was primed for the food by the time I arrived home – the smell of garlic had me salivating.

The steamed dumpling come eight to a serving and have a nice amount of filling while the dough of the dumpling had a pleasant chew to it. Not thin like a wonton but not too think. The dipping sauce had elements of soy sauce, vinegar, and garlic. Very nice indeed.

I usually order steamed garlic, not as a meal, but to add to my plate along side the General Tso’s. I know, General Tso’s comes with broccoli but usually only has four or five pieces so there is never enough for leftovers, let alone the initial meal. This broccoli was perfectly steamed with a beautiful deep green color and cooked thoroughly but still crunchy. The broccoli came with it’s own small box of rice.

The General Tso’s chicken was very tasty. There was plenty of chicken and about six pieces of broccoli (told you). The sauce was sweet and tangy with only a hint of heat. The take-out menu indicates this selection will be “Hot & Spicy” but it is not. Not a deal breaker, I just made a mental note to request more heat the next time I order.

By ordering the steamed broccoli there is enough chicken and broccoli to feed four people. You would want to order extra sauce to coat the extra vegetables.

Grand China, located at 2608 Allen Blvd, Middleton WI 53562, is definitely a welcome addition to my take-out rotation. I would recommend this Chinese-American restaurant to anyone. Enjoy!

Bobanna’s Pizza

Just OK pizza.

I gave Bobannas a try based on another reviewer who claimed it is “a close second” to Maria’s in Oregon, WI (now closed). I was hoping to find a local pizza that could replace what had become my favorite over the last few years. I thought that this may have caused me to be harder on them because I might have been expecting too much. I thought about it for a few days and I kept coming back to one thing – the statement on their Facebook page.

The Bobanna’s Facebook page states “Bobanna’s is a family owned & operated business that takes pride in serving the best pizza pies. Here, every dish is created using the finest ingredients”.

That decided it for me so here goes.

Upon entering the building, that houses Bobanna’s, you will be met with the smell of mildew and a dim dining room that shows it’s age. It does not look like there has been any attempt to improve this. Not a good sign. I was almost happy that it was dimly lit. The only thing that kept me from turning around and leaving was the hope that this would be another Maria’s.

The person working on the night I visited was pleasant and friendly. My order was taken quickly and the pizza was done in about 25 minutes.

After that I can only say that I was left disappointed.

This is not “the best pizza pies”. It is a stretch to say that it was even a good pizza pie.

Most people would agree that the best pizza pies are made with fresh dough that is hand stretched and tossed.

The crust I had at Bobanno’s was a doughy, preformed, tasteless disc reminiscent of cardboard, but not as crisp. If you make the claim to serve “the best pizza pies” don’t opt out of making dough. These cracker-like, chalky, perfectly round, premade crusts, that have had all of the flavor sucked out of them, scream this is NOT great pizza.

The sauce was pulpy, dry, and laced with one of those Italian herb blends that have no place on a pizza. It can be overpowering and keeps the other ingredients from shining.

The toppings were plentiful but nothing special.

The cheese is laid on heavily and may be one of the things causing the doughy crust. The cheese is also sprinkled with the Italian blend of herbs.

The Italian sausage and pepperoni are run-of-the-mill, void of any defining flavor. As you eat the pizza they hint at the possibility of something better – maybe fennel or garlic in the sausage that will elevate it – but do not follow through.

The fresh vegetables seemed fresh (a plus) but are cut at a small dice and get lost in the abundance of cheese. The mushrooms looked fresh and were thinly sliced. I like fresh vegetables on my pizza and don’t mind larger chunks, but that is my personal taste.

As a whole though Bobanna’s Pizza is nothing to go out of your way for.
Even if you are in Albany I would not recommend it. The generic pizza crust and common ingredients make it nothing special. There are better frozen pizzas that you can purchase at the grocery store and will cost you less money.

Also, it does NOT reheat well.

If you want pizza that has character and flavor you are better off at Famous Yeti in Stoughton (if you like garlic) or La Rocca’s in Oregon. You will pay more, but you won’t be disappointed.