My Jewish friends, including my co-worker and chum Andy Tarnoff, tipped me off to the fact that Jews often eat in Chinese restaurants on Christmas Day. I decided this sounded like a good plan for Thanksgiving Day, since I already decided I was not going to have a traditional white-meat-and-pumpkin-pie experience this year.
I sat down on Saturday afternoon and called four local Chinese restaurants: Yen Ching, East Garden, Emperor of China and House of Fong. None of them is going to be open on Thanksgiving.
This morning during our editorial meeting, my coworker and friend, Tim Cuprisin, suggested William Ho’s in Shorewood, but I gave ‘em a jingle and Ho’s, too, will be closed in recognition of the folks in funny shoes who docked on the big rock.
Anyone know of a Chinese restaurant that’s open on Thursday? Hell, at this point I’ll go for just about any Asian restaurant in the Metro Milwaukee area. Although I really do want to spend my meal of thanks with greasy egg rolls. And messy moo shu. And that bland, crack-able cookie with a fortune inside reading, "A tryptophan-induced nap is not in your future."
Hey don't mean to go off topic, but have you ever been to The Golden Gate Chinese Restaurant in Waukesha..Racine Ave.? I was told this place was rated the 2nd. Best in the Nation...With all the Great Chinese Restaurants in New York & California I was finding this fact hard to believe.....Well let me tell you the food there is the best in Wisconsin bar none. If you like Chinese this is the place to go. The abiance isn't anything to write home about, but the food is well worth the trip.
Tello's in Port Washington was open on Thanksgiving. Not Chinese, but it is a very good Mexican restaurant that also has alot of Greek family restaurant items on the menu, gyros and more. I thought about Chinese on Thanksgiving too (as I often do on Christmas) but couldnt find one open. I should have thought about Fortune, which is probably the most authentic Chibese restaurant in town.
Sadly, the only restaurant in town that I knew was open on Thanksgiving in town was Pizza Man, which is not Chinese and not open any time yet.
The reason why most of the Chinese restaurants are closed on Thanksgiving is not necessarily because they celebrate it, it's just because even if they stay open, they probably don't make enough money to make it worth it as so many Americans eat with family on that day.
Molly Snyder | Nov. 23, 2010 at 4:43 p.m. (report)
A Facebook friend just informed me that there is one open Chinese restaurant in the area. It is House of Fortune in Hales Corners. (There is another Fortune in West Allis, but that one is closed on Thursday.) She recommended the squid. I, however, have already settled on the idea of going out for Indian at Maharaja.
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