Okay, I didn’t post a Lunching Down Solano experience last week because I was eating all over New Orleans. But I ate well! (Photo is of my Bananas Foster at the Palace Café in the French Quarter.) In fact, I probably ate too well because I gained five pounds (!) even with all that walking around. But the beignets, jambalaya, hush puppies, and French 75s were awfully good…
To make up for it, I’m covering two lunch spots this week. (Although I really should be dieting pretty seriously.)
But before I launch into any actual reviews, allow me to preface this post by explaining a practice I learned while teaching elementary school. It’s called the compliment sandwich. The idea is that when you’re giving an evaluation of some kind, you begin with something nice and end with something nice. In the middle you fit in the negative bits. For example,
Johnny has wonderful energy! Think of what he could accomplish if he used this energy to complete school work. He should be proud of his spotless attendance record.
This technique is useful in parent conferences and progress reports, but I think it will come in helpful when I review King Tsin’s restaurant on Solano Ave.
The service at King Tsin’s was quite good, and the bathroom was clean.
As far as the food goes, I do recommend the dry green beans. The green onion beef dish was described by my eating companion as “lifeless.” The obligatory accompanying salad was like most others one finds at Chinese restaurants. (I didn’t eat mine.) The hot and sour soup wasn’t bad, and the egg roll was fine.
They don’t accept Solano Avenue Association cards.
Oh, and I noticed only one typo on the menu!
I’m happy to say that all those years of teaching equipped me for circumstances far beyond the reaches of the classroom.