Looking for excellent Chinese food at rock bottom prices? Look no further than Gourmet Carousel. Located in Lower Pacific Heights, Gourmet Carousel has been serving up delicious Chinese food for over 25 years. This restaurant epitomizes the saying "don't judge a book by it's cover." The building is in desperate need of a new coat of paint and the dining room needs a complete make-over, but the food is tasty. The tables are a little too close, but that closeness lends to the authentic family feel of the restaurant.
The food at the restaurant is some of the best in San Francisco. A perk of eating in is the complementary "house soup" for the table. The last time I went it was a scrumptious potato and cabbage soup. Each dish is full of flavor and comes out fast. The menu is packed with house specialties like Sizzling Chicken in a Clay Pot, Shredded Pork in Plum Sauce, Salt and Pepper Spareribs, and Prawns with Hot Sauce. My favorite appetizers are the Fried Egg Rolls, Fried Won Tons, Pot Stickers, Hot and Sour Soup, and Won Ton Soup. Some of the main dish highlights are the Mu-Shu Chicken, Salt and Pepper Prawns, General Tso's Chicken, Mongolian Beef, and any of the fresh vegetable side dishes.
Gourmet Carousel is the best deal in town. Lunch specials start at $4.95 and don't top $5.95. Side dishes average $8 and are so large that my fiance couldn't even finish his Mongolian Beef by himself (that is a first ever). The only downfall is that they don't deliver. (Gasp!) The Gourmet Carousel moves to it's own beat, but it's a tasty beat. Next time you are looking for a delicious, cheap, Chinese food experience try the Gourmet Carousel.