Jade Garden (CLOSED)
1360 Mass. Avenue, Arlington, MA 02476
Have you ever heard the saying, "A little kindness goes a long way"? This applies to many aspects of life, including service-oriented businesses such as restaurants. And one little Chinese restaurant in Arlington Heights seems to have a monopoly on the stuff. Jade Garden is one of many restaurants that has come to Arlington in the past several years. One thing that struck me right off the bat about this place was how incredibly nice they all were, from the owner to the waitstaff to the host. As a result, they have made a very good Chinese restaurant an integral part of the community; most people who enter Jade Garden are recognized by the host and waitresses, and a good many of them are on a first-name basis with those who work at the Jade. It makes for a true dining experience, rather than just another meal out.
It needs to be said, of course, that all this would be moot if the food weren't good. Fortunately, Jade Garden makes fresh, delicious Chinese-American and authentic Chinese food that is a step above most suburban Chinese cuisine. They also have lunch and dinner buffets for those who can't decide what they want. One tip: If you like hot and sour soup, don't hesitate to order it here. It is about as good as any that you will find in Boston's Chinatown.
Arlington Heights is a pleasant suburban Boston neighborhood that is reminiscent of communities from long ago, where everyone seems to know everyone else and where small business flourish. Jade Garden naturally fits right into this neighborhood. If you value a good dose of friendliness with your food, the Jade is the place to be.
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