Copper onion is really good. The Cuban sandwich is the best.
If you believe that Greeks (the Skedros family in this instance) make the best
Chinese food, the Mandarin is for you. Stin yeia sou!
I grew up going to the Mandarin and I remember it being very good. I
haven't been in years and have heard from various people that it is not
what it used to be. I am very suspect of anyone who claims it's not as good
as PF Changs though, as I have found PF Changs to be pretty lackluster. In the
end food reviews are pretty worthless, there are times when it's pretty
obvious a place is horrible, or fantastic, but for 90% of restaurants it depends
almost entirely on someone's personal preference for food, what they
ordered, who was cooking that night, how hungry they were etc.......
I like Mandarin, I know it has it's detractors but the biggest issue here
is how awful the restaurant options are in Davis County. People line up for such
bad food and act like it's the greatest thing they've ever had.If Red Iguana were to open a location at Station Park in Farmington, they
would do so well.
@Avenues Kid"Why is Valter’s nowhere to be found?"Because Valter's isn't actually that good. You go there to
converse with Valter, not because of the overrated and overpriced food.
There are many more excellent restaurant's outside SLC and PC. What about
Why is Valter’s nowhere to be found? Makes the whole ranking suspect.
@PLM - I agree with you 100% Mandarin definitely has historical hype, but when
my family and i moved back from the Bay Area we went there hoping for the best,
but walked away feeling that it was a Chinese restaurant stuck in the 70s. PF
Changs is better. I might also suggest you try Mom's Kitchen on State St
in SLC. In my opinion, the best Chinese (well Taiwanese) food I have tried. It
rivals the Bay, which is a high compliment.
Is it just me or does it seem at times like those who want to promote areas like
the 9th & 9th area seems to push their exclusive selections, regardless of
truth? Sad when you can see a pattern of partiality. Desnews should probably
get a more varied panel to promote more than cliquey opinions.
This article also shows how important a PR buzz is. The Mandarin, in Bountiful I
assume, is so-so but is widely praised. I prefer P.F. Chang's in Salt Lake.
(BTW, I am a caterer and cookbook author.) It appears that if you get the
momentum of public opinion behind you, quality be darned; think the
Emperor's new clothes.