Happy In Bag

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Is Green Tea Good For You?

After months of regularly driving past Green Tea at 95th and Nall, I finally stopped in for lunch earlier this week.

The restaurant is a significant step above the decent but generic Chinese fare that’s served at every third strip mall in the area. The tasty Korean-tinged dish pictured was just spicy enough to put me into a sweat. My companion’s chicken curry was tender and thoughtfully prepared.

While the space is remarkably attractive, its aesthetics are corrupted by blaring faux-classical music and a distracting large screen television over the bar. Their patrons would be relieved if management thought to turn off the tube and switch the sound system to unobtrusive cocktail jazz.

The biggest hurdle Green Tea faces is price. The cost of lunch is nearly double the humble Chinese buffet across the street. Sure, Green Tea is better, but is it $4.00 better? And the nearby Red Snapper offers memorable Asian cuisine for about a dollar more than Green Tea's menu.

Even so, staring at this picture has me longing to return later today.


  • At 10:40 AM, Blogger emawkc said…

    Thanks for the review. I've been wondering about that place after moving to this neighborhood recently. We ate at that Kokopelli Mexican place last week. It was okay, but not significantly better than any other Mexican food (IMO). Although in their defence, the margarita hit the spot.

  • At 10:46 AM, Blogger Happy In Bag said…

    Emaw- I've been to that "Kokopelli Mexican place" a couple of times, and I'm not real high on it, either. The most popular hangout in your new neighborhood is O'Neill's. There's also an odd little Chinese place on the back south side of the Ranch Mart shopping center.

  • At 10:55 AM, Anonymous flowerparts@yahoo.com said…

    good to know - my husband and i just recently moved to this neighborhood as well - and were a little scared of Green Tea - but maybe we'll try it now. although i have been to kokopelli and ADORE the fish tacos - and their margaritas most definitely hit the spot....after moving from the waldo area i've been looking for spots to switch to - we're missing taj majal and charlie hoopers (the specials - not the crowd)...any ideas? thanks.

  • At 11:13 AM, Blogger Happy In Bag said…

    FP- Most people would tell you to head to any one of the dozens of options on 119th, but my fragile mind gets frantic when I navigate that street. So I suggest the myriad of places around 91st and Metcalf. And there's old downtown O.P. nearby- I think you could replicate the Hooper's vibe in one of those taverns. You're also just a mile or two from Wornall and a few minutes from BB's on 85th. Sorry I can't heartily endorse anything in Corinth or Ranch Mart...

  • At 11:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    This is close to the neighborhood enought to make the trip. Try Casa Paloma. Downside is lack of a full liquor license but makes up with quality food and a family run restaurant that really cares about their food and customers. Lisa and Bernardino will treat you right.

    Try the Puerco Verde and the carnitas... fish tacos on Friday... heck, try it all.


  • At 11:38 AM, Anonymous Irish KC said…

    If you're missing the Taj Mahal I'd give the Ruchi a go over by College and Antioch. I live by and like too much the Taj Mahal but the Ruchi offers a greater variety of Indian cuisine. Their lunch buffet is always great.

  • At 12:15 PM, Anonymous flowerparts@yahoo.com said…

    sweet - excellent ideas all around!

  • At 4:37 AM, Blogger Dr.Gray said…

    I got to ask how was the green tea at green tea?


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