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While the lunch menu is fairly mundane, Americanized Chinese-ish food, the dinner menu here features more traditional fare, including both Mandarin-style and Cantonese-style food, plus dishes typical of other provinces. Examples of some of the more oddly-named dinner entrees: Shrimp Bird's Nest, Slippery Chicken, Peanut with Chicken Ding, and one dish called "Happy Family." Before you laugh, though, you should know that China Garden is considered one of the most authentic Chinese restaurants in Houston.
Around noon on most days, influential veterans of Houston -- judges, top cops, city administrators, elite lawyers and the like -- start a quiet southern migration away from the ever-expanding zone of trendy eateries on the north side of downtown. They ease into the boxy, windowless old shell of a building housing China Garden, exchange first-name greetings with the proprietors, the Jue family, and feast on one of the best secrets around. China Garden knew decades ago that what really counts... More »
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