Merle [Food] (merle_food) wrote,
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Lana's [DO]

Tricked into coming back to this Chinese steam table N-item place (because I could not come up with an excuse quickly enough), I did pick up a decent tip.

Instead of getting "full" portions, you can ask for "small" portions. Ask for that up-front, then say "whoa! whoa! enough!" when each item is halfway full. This allowed me to get three items for just $4.18, about a dollar less than the "full" portions -- and it was still ample food.

I went for the mixed veggies, which were fresh and therefore had a decent distribution of vegetables (towards the end it's all cabbage). Green bean chicken was my second item, and it was okay. They were crunchy, and I still prefer the dry braised method. And the third item, garlic chicken, was an enormous portion. I wish I had had more mixed veggies and less garlic chicken, because I felt really bloated at the end of the meal.

With the "small" portions tactic, this is actually a pretty economical place to eat at. Now and then.

Lana's
435 19th St
Oakland, CA
510/839-7295
Mon-Fri 7:30a-3:30p, Sat 11:30a-3p
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