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Rice Bowl: South Side Gem

Posted by cmh gourmand on November 3, 2013


I have driven by Rice Bowl a few times in my day. It is located at the intersection of South High Street and SR 104. The sign looks like it is from the 1960′s but it turns out it is circa 1991. The Rice Bowl has a long history on the south side. It has existed with three owners and two locations since 1962. Rice Bowl 3.0 is a family affair that has operated the restaurant for a few decades. Judging from the outside and the location, I did not have great expectations for the Rice Bowl. However immediately on entering I had a good feeling. Looking at the menu, I had a very good feeling and starting with the egg rolls, I knew that I had stumbled in something very special indeed. You can not judge a book by its cover nor a restaurant by its mailing address.

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So let us begin with the egg rolls. The lowly egg roll rarely gets much respect mainly because they are typically reheated frozen fare. The eggs rolls are made from scratch at the Rice Bowl and are hand rolled each week. They are filed to capacity with to the point of being stuffed. The exterior is soft and crunchy and do not disintegrate with a light bite. The sauces are also made from scratch. The mustard sauce is hot and thick. The other sauce is made with fresh citrus and spices. It is much better than any egg roll sauce I have encountered.

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A staple of Midwestern Chinese restaurants is General Tso’s Chicken. The Rice Bowl executes this dish better than any restaurant I have visited. Each gigantic piece of white chicken meat is drowned in a spicy rich sauce. The portion size can easily feed two people. Looking around the restaurant I saw several other mainstay dishes that looked like they were award winners as well including Wor Sue Gai, Chow Mein and Frogs Legs.

What else did I like? The service was great. Rice Bowl has what looks to be a pretty well stocked bar. If you have kids, they serve burgers, Fried Fish Sandwiches and Grilled Cheese with Bacon.

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I look forward to exploring the menu much more and will gladly be adding an egg roll to each meal.

Rice Bowl Restaurant
2300 South High Street
(South Side)
614.445.8828
Rice Bowl Web site

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4 Responses to “Rice Bowl: South Side Gem”

  1. eplunkett said

    Gem is one of the last words I’d use to describe this place. Overpriced with dull food, it’s been there for years, resting on being the only Asian place in the area.

  2. Dia said

    I just visited this place a few weeks ago. The waitress was very troubled to have to take our order but we did happen to have a very good conversation with the manager as we were paying our bill, and he was hilarious. We ordered just very ordinary dishes and they were just that…ordinary. They were overpriced, I will assume because they were delivered on fancy plates. Our egg rolls were about the best part of our trip. I can say I’ve tried it.

  3. Returned tonight. Good service. Good food. So 2 for 2 for the Rice Bowl.

  4. Now 3 for 3 for Rice Bowl. Have had the egg rolls three times and still think they are the best in town. Also – tried the crab rangoon, also excellent, best I have had. Service has been consistently good. I have spoken to a few people that have not had good experiences here – but being three for three now, I can’t think this is a fluke.

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