I’ve long had certain restaurants that I frequent when I want
Chinese food around Lewiston-Auburn, so trying a new place was both exciting and worrisome
at the same time. Lucky for me, China Flavors at 119 Center St., in
Auburn was worth the trip.

Located next door to Cumberland Farms, this eatery opened just a few months ago. The menu boasts many favorites
known to Chinese food fans. From Sweet and Sour Pork ($6.95) to Kung Pao Chicken ($7.95) and much more; several items
come in your choice of mild or hot and spicy. There were some choices
that were less familiar to me, but sounded delicious —  like Singapore Chow Mai Fun ($7.50) in the Lo Mein section and Buddhist delight
($6.25) in the vegetable dish options.

I decided to stick to traditional fare and went with General Tso’s Chicken ($7.95) and an appetizer of Beef Teriyaki Sticks ($4.25 for three). The woman who took my order was friendly and efficient, asking
whether I wanted regular or hot and spicy, and she also was quick to
offer recommendations when I asked what was good on the menu.

I paid and decided to wait outside to enjoy the sun. They accept
cash, Visa and Mastercard,
and I was glad to note they also deliver. There is a decent amount of
parking, and the best dining option is take-out as there are only two
tables in the dining area. 

The chicken came with a choice of two sides. I had crab Rangoon
and white rice. The chicken was tasty and covered in sauce, though
next time I’d opt for the hot and spicy for a bit more kick. The beef
teriyaki was tangy and sweet, but not too messy — a plus when you’re
wearing white.

Diners can choose from regular Chinese, Szechuan, Hunan and Peking
fare, as well as a number of soups (hot and sour, wonton and egg
drop), appetizers (egg rolls, chicken wings, fried shrimp and
steamed dumplings) and main entrees of seafood, beef, chicken, pork
and vegetable.

My order was ready in 10 minutes, making this a definite
option for lunch during the work week. I would recommend ordering ahead
during peak lunch hours.



Tasty tidbits

What: China Flavors

Where: 119 Center St., Auburn, 344-6898/344-6899

When: Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-10
p.m., Sunday noon-9 p.m.

Why: Good food, quick service and a variety of choices.

Atmosphere: Typical take-out counter with minimal seating in a
clean, bright space.

Prices: Affordable.


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