Tiki Tiki 
Tiki Tiki is literally a well built trebuchets throw from my home and have never been there. Ethan has been on several occasions and the topic of good local Chinese had come up recently. So on Friday we made the trek, a little bit farther across town than normal, to give it a go.
Like crows cawing or your right palm itching, seeing an empty parking at a restaurant is usually a bad lunch omen. Our fears were quickly allayed though by our prompt and friendly waitress, when she assured us that we were early. Ethan ordered a mai thai, hot & sour soup and the Szechuan Beef. I picked the egg-drop soup and beef & broccoli on fried rice. As quickly as we ordered our food was delivered and did not disappoint.
According to Ethan’s wife, a Chinese restaurant’s hot and sour soup is a good measuring stick for the quality of the over all establishment. Tiki Tiki passed that test. The Szechuan was slightly short on beef, but made up for it with veggies that were fresh and abundant. My meal was standard fare, but did not feel as greasy as the 10,000 times I’ve had it at Chen’s. Patterson Aveune is rarely associated with great scenery, but Tiki Tiki’s interior quickly made us forget the stretch of suburban strip mall it is located on.
Lunch topics: Dark Sun, Ebberon, Chuck’s Game and iPhones.