Most locals already know about Mandarin Chinese Restaurant because they order their signature salted pepper chicken wings and bring them to parties. It’s definitely their specialty, but the place is worth sitting down to eat for lunch or dinner.
They’ve got Chinese paintings on the walls and their place mats show the Chinese Zodiac. Don’t forget to notice the laughing Buddha statues that have money taped all over them for good luck. The restaurant has been open for the last 15 years. The owner is Ju Zatng and his menu of classic Chinese dishes is large.
But get this: they are located right next to the Dollar Tree. That’s the South Bay for you, where foodie gems are deceptively tucked inside open air shopping malls.
They’ve got ten different kinds of soups, lots of appetizers and the familiar KungPao, Mongolian and Szechuan style dishes. If chicken is not your thing, you can go for salted pepper pork chops and salted & deep fried shrimp. Or try the upside down pan fried noodles. Here are some of the dishes to get your palette started:
Best of all: their prices are great! Lunch specials run from $6.75-7.75. Family dinners of two or more people are $10-12 per person. We spent $45 total for a family of five.
Address: 945-A Otay Lakes Rd, Chula Vista, CA 91913