It's an odd time of day but I am in a different area of town than usual and I happen to be hungry. Peking is showing up as being a favorite in the area. I am a tad dubious because Atlanta is well known to not have any decent Chinese food. Still, I am always hopeful I will find some tasty Chinese. Cautiously hopeful I pull in to Peking restaurant.
I am the only non asian person in the place. The other diners seem to be regular families that appreciate familiar food. Good sign. The decor is cliche dated, busy, but clean. The owner is beyond friendly and welcoming (just as other reviewers had mentioned).
Once seated and ordered I was impressed by the volume of regulars coming in at an odd hour (3 in the afternoon) picking up take out orders! "See you next time!" they said. " That's always my favorite but my wife likes the chicken so we get both" another said, bag in hand and smile on face. This already is feeling like a neighborhood joint. I like it.
The menu is your standard chinese fare. Nothing cutting edge and that's just fine. Don't we all order the same two or three things all of our lives at these types of places? My waiter is charming and accomodating and the owner checks on me 3 or 4 times as well. He's a gracious host.
General Tso's has as much vegetable component as chicken and this makes me very happy. It also feels more traditionally asian to have meat be more of a garnish than a star of an entree. It's full of broccoli, peppers (green and chile) , carrots and more. Just a bit hot, nothing to blow out your palate but maybe that's why my head was sweating on the way home? or it could be the sunroof open and the sun beating down on me.
Honey walnut shrimp isn't the creamy gloppy variety. It's another dish very balanced with vegetables like zucchini, water chestnuts, carrots, snow peas, mushrooms and onions. Perfectly cooked shrimp and a light thin light brown slightly sweet sauce. Crunchy honey toasted walnuts garnish the dish and to me constitutes a much lighter fare, especially when sat next to General Tso's.
Egg rolls aren't overly large but they are tasty and not greasy.