OK...I know I am not technically supposed to put review information in a forum post...and i know there is a way to apply to get a reataurant listed that is not currently listed...
but, in the interest of this not getting lost in all of that, i just want to make a few comments about "Mr. Chen's" on US Highway 31 in "north" Hoover.
we live here in the Birmingham area, and i visited this place for the first time about a year ago, while being told it is "different", "fresh', "authentic", etc. I don't know about other cities, but here in Birmingham the last few years it has become less desirable to go out for Chinese because many of the restaurants began to cut corners, time, quality, etc.
I had my doubts because from the outside, it looks like a complete hole in the wall, with photos of the dishes pasted on the windows, but once inside, the decor is "different", updated, modern and charming. And the food really really WAS fresher and more authentic. There ARE traditional dishes, but also fresh seafood dishes, light options, and they are very flexible about how they are willing to prepare things to order. They even have a handful of creepy, weird Andrew Zimmern type things for those after the ultra authentic. : )
Went again this week, and dont know how in the world it slipped my mind for a whole year about this place.
If you live here, or are visiting here, and like us, were tired of the same old same old when it comes to Chinese, try this place.
It is in a strip center with Green Valley Pharmacy...right next to Publix.
eventually I will do an official review!