Food Porn: Wok 28

Since I started working in the Northtowns almost 5 months ago, I’ve tried a lot of new restaurants on my lunch breaks.  During that time I’ve had some really good pizza, an awesome burger and a good sample of many other cuisines.  But for some reason or another I’ve managed to avoid the half dozen Chinese restaurants in the area.  I enjoy and appreciate authentic Asian cuisine as much as the next foodie, but an order of General Tso’s or Sweet and Sour Pork are still guilty pleasures of mine that I don’t think I’ll ever let go.  However, I am trying to expand my “Chinese” horizons, so every time I go to a Chinese restaurant I’ve been going out of my way to try something new.

On my first trip to Bocce Pizza I noticed Wok 28 in the same plaza, after doing some preliminary internet searching I was shocked to see how popular they were on Urbanspoon.  Since then I’ve ordered lunch from Wok 28 four times.  Each visit I tried a different lunch special (each of them under $5) and had some OK lunches and some pretty crappy ones.  Unless I’m missing some specific wonderful dish, I’m not exactly sure why the restaurant has such high reviews or positive scores.  Here’s a recap of what I’ve tried over the last month…

Like many Chinese restaurants in the area, the decor and atmosphere is lacking to say the least.  I’m sure the majority of Wok 28’s business is takeout, however there is seating for probably 20 inside the restaurant.  They do take credit cards and as far as I could tell they don’t have a minimum purchase amount.  Their drink selection comes in 20 oz bottles of pop or juice from the cooler.

When the cashier brought me my plate of food for the first time, I realized that I’ve never actually eaten inside a Chinese restaurant before (that’s not a buffet).  The one good thing I can say about Wok 28 is their lunch portions are gigantic. On my first trip I ordered their General Tso Chicken, after reading several positive comments on foursquare.  The sauce on the chicken had a strange sour flavor and reminded me more of an orange chicken dish than any General Tso I’ve tried before.  On top of that it lacked the spicy kick I’m used to with that dish.  Unfortunately, I lost the pictures from that trip.

The Hot and Spicy Pork (pictured in gallery) was another disappointment. The sauce was very sweet with a slowly building heat, however the pork itself was heavily battered and had a horrible texture, I almost wasn’t sure if I was really eating pork or not. It was not as spicy as the name suggests it should be. The Beef with Garlic sauce (pictured above, bottom) was very similar, the sauce however wasn’t as sweet and quite thin. Thankfully, the pieces of beef were much better then the pork. The Sweet and Sour Pork (pictured above, top) was near identical to other sweet and sour dishes we’ve had at Chinese restaurants.  The pork didn’t have any great flavor by itself but with the familiar large fluffy batter coated in a standard thick sweet and sour sauce, it was the best out of the four dishes.

Every time I visited Wok 28 the place was not only packed but their was a constant flow of customers picking up take out orders.  Not only is Wok 28 in a prime location that’s close by to thousands of office worker, but their large portion and incredibly cheap lunches make them very appealing.  Their menu selections are predictable and their food ranges from OK to almost slightly weird. Unless their location is extremely convenient from your workplace, I’d recommend to stick to your current favorite Chinese restaurant.

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Wok 28 on Urbanspoon

7 thoughts on “Food Porn: Wok 28

  1. Sara Steinberg

    My experience with Wok 28 hasn’t been wonderful either, but they do have good hot & sour soup, which my local favorite – Chinese Cookery in the Getzville Plaza, which I find to have good food – does not. I am enjoying your lunch time explorations as I live in that area.

    • Don Burtless

      Thanks, it’s fun working in a new area with so many places to eat that I’ve never tried. I’m trying to see what I can get away with in a 1 hour lunch. Have any other suggestions for a good lunch spot in Getzville/Amherst?

      • Sara Steinberg

        Well I work near UB South so my lunch experiences with the places in that area are limited but I’d suggest:

        Amherst Pizza & Ale – their pizza is more midwest style, which growing up in Iowa, I love. Lots of toppings. I also find their fish fry to be excellent but they are so busy on Friday nights that parking is impossible in the plaza and by the time you get it home the batter is no longer crisp. I wish they’d open a second location or move to a bigger spot.

        Koi Sushi – they just changed to an all u can eat format, $15 for lunch, a bit pricy for an everyday lunch but for sushi it’s a deal and I think their sushi is pretty tasty (I don’t do the raw stuff, but my husband does and he says it is good too).

        Sushi Time – take out style sushi, not as good as Koi, but not bad either

        Rocky’s Indian- they have a lunch buffet

        John & Mary’s – they have some cheap lunch specials – I enjoy their Friday fish fry and the other food isn’t bad either

        Crow’s Nest (Dodge & Campbell) – dive bar but they do have some good food

        Bravo Pizza & Grill (Sweet Home, north of N French) – they are a hidden gem when it comes to Italian IMHO. You can go there on Friday or Saturday night and eat in without a wait and you get your money’s worth and more. They do a swift take out business. They have slices, etc. also.

        Santora’s (Millersport & Flint Rd) – they have a lunch buffet that sounds good. We are enjoying their new eat in area.

  2. Richard

    It seems that portion size and prices are weighted heavier in the Buffalo rating system.

    • Don Burtless

      I guess. I think I gave it a pretty negative review and mentioned the only bright spots being portion sizes and being mad cheap. Definitely not recommending the restaurant, just explaining why someone would maybe want to consider it in very specific cases (location)

  3. Real Hosewife of EA

    Have you tried Sun Garden for Chinese? In the Geico industrial park, near Dunkin and Amherst Ale House

  4. doyoumeangreen

    I think you guys need to try Wok 22 for dinner. It is seriously one of the best chinese takeout restaurants in the area. Owned by the same family forever.

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