Dolphin Bay

Alright, back to earth guys. This place currently has a 4.5 star rating. The friendly service definitely deserves such high praise. Their food, however, was not as special as the Yelp review had me setup for.

The jalapeƱo gravy beef was not what I expected at all. I was hoping for thick brown spicy sauce but it was actually pretty clear. It tastes like beef chop suey from a Chinese restaurant.

The beef noodle soup had a good medium spicy broth. The veggies and noodles were good. The beef muscle, not so much. They were cut thinly and really had nothing special. We asked for half/half beef vs tendon ratio and it came with 3 tendons and much more beef. I don’t know about you but I prefer more tendon.

The wonton noodle soup was nothing special. The Taiwan sausage rice was meh too. Chinese sausage tastes the same.

Now their appetizers and drinks are where they shine. Perhaps they should shut down the entree portion and make it app and drink joint. The crispy popcorn chicken is very good, cooked with dark meat. It’s as god as others say. The sweet potato fries were excellent. It comes with sugar on top and that’s really a nice touch. My wife really enjoyed the taro milk shake, again as recommended by others in Yelp.

To conclude, I think the great reviews on Yelp has set up high expectation that just didn’t meet my expectations. It’s not their fault. I feel bad for giving 3 stars. It it really was not special. It’s like going to my friends house and his sister cooking us a meal. For some this is comforting and what we yearn for (maybe all the out of state students?). For me, my wife makes that kind of food already (her beef noodle soup is so much better, sorry!). I was looking for something special and the existing reviews led me think this place could be THE place to deliver. I wish the store well. It just wasn’t for us.

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