So by the time everything was out of the car and I was ready for food, I didn't want to go out anywhere, I just wanted to sit in front of the computer and watch a baseball game. We were eating with Elizabeth's dad and he suggested Chinese food. I've never turned that down, and Elizabeth has told me for some time that she loves a place in Brooklyn Heights called Fortune House. I said we would walk over, order the food, and bring it back with us.
I placed the order with an unfriendly woman at the counter; just before she gave me my total the phone rang and she picked it up and took another person's order. I stood there for more than five minutes waiting for her to take me my money. (A few minutes later, when she wordlessly handed me our food, I looked at her and said "Thank you." She silently turned and walked away.)
I liked the food from Fortune House but I was not impressed with the service and I felt the portions were on the small side. True, I may have been spoiled over the years by the entrees I would get at places like Golden China or China Express, but I'm not used to dishes that set you back ten (or eleven, in Elizabeth's case) dollars being served in a plastic dish smaller than a cereal bowl.
But, as I wrote, I thought the food was better than average, so I made a note to return and try one of their lunch specials. A few weeks later, I did.
It was fantastic. The insides were cabbage, veggies and shrimp. I can count on one hand the number of restaurant egg rolls I have enjoyed more in the last four years. I immediately ordered another one so that we could each have an entire egg roll.
At least this chicken dish - which again was probably half the size of the lunch specials I used to get back in the San Gabriel Valley - was only five and a half dollars.
Overall, I like the food at Fortune House (and I love the egg rolls) but I don't plan to make it anything more than a lunch destination. There are so many Chinese places around - not just in Brooklyn Heights but within a one-mile walk - that I am going to keep trying new places.