- SZECHUAN SHRIMP: At Gina's.
Sushi places seem to have been cropping up in the Little Rock area faster than you can say “wasabi” in recent years, but there's still something to be said for a nice, hot plate of Chinese food. While we dig the sushi — dig it a little too much, if the bill at the last place we indulged is any measure — there are lunch hours when all we'd pretty much sign our grandma into indentured servitude in exchange for a little fried rice, some egg rolls and a mound of chicken smothered in some soul-searingly-hot sauce.
Recently, the Chinese food jones hit in full force, which gave us a great excuse to burn some $4-a-gallon gas and head for the new Gina's Chinese Kitchen and Sushi Bar on Highway 10. It's well worth the trip.
From the generous list of appetizers, we decided to go with an old favorite: the potsticker dumplings ($4.95 for six). From the solid list of reasonably priced lunch entrees, our companion went with the Szechuan shrimp ($7.25), while we tried our old standby, which we've pretty much had at every restaurant in town: the orange chicken ($6.95).
The lunch specials were generous, and served with soup (egg drop, wonton or hot and sour), fried rice, a bowl of fried noodles, a chicken wing, and an egg roll.
Also fine were the egg drop soup and the fried rice, which only needed a shot of soy sauce to be great. The experience was much the same with our companion, who said his Szechuan shrimp — while not in-your-face spicy enough — was well done, with lots of shrimp and a sneaky heat.
Gina's Chinese Kitchen & Sushi Bar
14524 Cantrell Road,
11 a.m.-10 p.m. 7 days a week.
Cheap to moderate prices, wine and beer, credit cards accepted.