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Posted by bootiehooker on 07/21/2008
Magic Wok reminds one of a fast food restaurant. There's no fancy decor here. Rows of tables sans cloths, plastic utensils, styrofoam plates, no wait staff, self bussing. But the quality of the food is much better than the usual Chinese carry-out. Spring rolls are light and crispy and the dumplings are quite tasty. The selection of soups is impressive and has more depth than a typical carry-out. They prepare just about all of the fare that other Chinese restaurants offer and then some. They do have a couple of duck dishes which are good and the seafood selection is fairly extensive as well. Prices are very reasonable. You'd be hard pressed to find more bang for your buck than Magic Wok.
Posted by Big D on 08/23/2006
Magic Wok is a cut above other typical Chinese carryouts. While they actually have in store seating, it is cafeteria style, not a true restaurant. That being said, their food is better than most of this type. Their flavorings aren't quite so Americanized. The dishes have a little more snap, a bit more depth to them. They make familiar appetizers better. Try the spareribs: more tender than most Chinese carryouts. The "chicken on a stick" is tender and flavorful. The soups have more flavor and more body to them. While the typical entrees are good, the house specialties are excellent. Salt and Pepper Shrimp is crisp, but not fried to death. Combination Pan-Fried Noodles are a favorite at our house, So, like any Chinese carryout that delivers, Magic Wok can be hit or miss. But in general, they are a cut above the rest,