Battling WuChow for status as the best new-ish Chinese restaurant in town, Old Thousand serves the spicy, kung pao-style classics, but also twists tradition by adding brisket to fried rice. We especially like the vegetable options here, like the kung pao cauliflower and dry fried green beans - but the noodle and rice dishes, like the OT Dan Dan (with a runny egg on top), are perfectly satisfying. The space is funky and lively on the inside, with hanging lanterns, gold sculptures, and loud music, and it’s fairly expansive, so it doesn’t feel overly crowded or often have a wait. This place is perfect for a group meal when you’re all ready to share.
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