Restaurant: Tea House Chinese Resturant
Zone: Stadium Village, 2425 University Avenue SE, Mpls
Hours: Sunday-Thursday: 11:00 a.m.-9:30 p.m.
Friday & Saturday: 11:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
Visited: February 24, 2016
Located on University near the East Bank campus of the University of Minnesota in Stadium Village, this branch of the Tea House Chinese Restaurant family is a good choice for lunch in the area. Other locations can be found in St. Paul and out in Plymouth. Specializing in cuisine from the Szechuan Province, there is plenty of spice for those looking for it!
The lunch specials offered between 11 am and 3 pm make it particularly attractive to college students, but anyone looking for a cheap, tasty lunch should take advantage. For $8.50 or $9.50, you get a soup or salad along with your entree, and an egg roll if you eat in (you can ask for a vegetable one instead of the pork). There are quite a few vegan and vegetarian options as well as some seafood dishes. When we stopped in one afternoon, we had some very satisfying kung pao tofu, a vegetarian interpretation of the signature Szechuan dish. In fact, the entrees were a bit more satisfying than the accompanying egg rolls and soups, I would say. The copious amount of hot oolong tea we gulped down with the meal was very good, though!
Of course, don’t neglect the rest of the menu. There are a lot of tasty Szechuan specialities to be found there, including some affordable dishes (though you can definitely splurge if you want to!). The Shanghai Scallion Pancakes we ordered to go with our lunch, though, were great- light, fluffy, and savory, there was more than enough to share for two or three people. We each had enough to take home for another lunch as well, which is always a good deal!