The end of eat-in Chinese restaurants?
As I'm struggling with finding 10 Chinese restaurants open Christmas Day I can recommend without reservation, I keep thinking about Robert's comment under my post about Chinese Panda Gourmet's closing:
I wonder if sit-down Chinese restaurants are becoming a thing of the past. I live pretty close to the Panda, and I'm thinking my only options for Chinese food will be take out places in Hampden....
When I think about it, he's right. Marty Katz, the local Zagat editor, told me this:
Tim Zagat says Japanese places get top ratings in almost every city and Thai and Vietnamese are increasing in number while Chinese is declining. I see a trend in Chinese places having a sushi bar.
And not only a sushi bar. More and more Chinese restaurants are adding Japanese, Thai and Vietnamese dishes to their menus. And the new places that open all seem to call themselves "pan Asian."
If you'll let me bring out my What's Hot & What's Not list again (not to worry; the year is almost over), I see that Thai cuisine is No. 34, Japanese cuisine other than sushi is No. 63, and you have to go down to No. 180 before you get to Chinese cuisine. That would be your Not Hot.
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