Follow Up: Brentwood’s China Hut

Chris posted a few days ago about Nashville’s dearth of solid Chinese restaurants. One commenter noted that China Hut in Brentwood was one of their favorite spots. Since my office is just a couple blocks away, I decided to head over there for lunch on Tuesday and check it out. The verdict? Not bad, especially for the price, but it still can’t compete with Chinatown.

First of all, the name fits. The restaurant is located in what I can only imagine was formerly a BBQ restaurant. The weathered wood facade, screen door and faint lingering scent of smoked pork were all clues to the Hut’s previous tenants. I was seated immediately by an older Chinese woman who I assume is one half of the “wonderful couple” that runs the place.

My hostess was very friendly and efficient, and had already taken my soup order by the time I sat down (hot and sour). She left me with a menu and I was astounded by the prices. Lunches, including an egg roll, soup, entree and rice, were all around $4.25. I ordered the curry chicken and she was off to the kitchen, chirping my order to the chefs ahead of her arrival.

Almost instantaneously, the soup and egg roll arrived. The egg roll was hot, crispy and stuffed with just the right mix of veggies, and both the spicy mustard sauce and the duck sauce were available for dipping. The hot and sour soup, on the other hand, was not quite as tasty. In fact, it was essentially egg drop soup with extra pepper and some meat. I half-heartedly slurped it down and awaited my entree.

Luckily I did not have to wait long. The curry chicken and rice was on my table mere moments later. It was exactly as expected – nothing special, just normal, Americanized Chinese food. Rather bland, served with fried rice, and heavy on the onions. The portions were very generous, however, and I finished the meal with food left over.

Overall, I liked China Hut. It’s one of those places that is what it is and doesn’t make any apologies. If you’re looking for the best Chinese in town, head elsewhere (I recommend Chinatown, and China Chef also seems to be a crowd favorite), but if you want a quick, cheap and easy Chinese fix, China Hut will do the trick. My meal was definitely cheaper than a combo at McDonalds, served just as quickly, and easily twice as good.

3 Comments so far

  1. Southern Beale (unregistered) on June 22nd, 2007 @ 6:09 am

    The best Chinese food I’ve found in Nashville is the weekend buffet at Golden Coast on West End Ave./Broadway. They have a lot of dim sum dumplings and other “authentic” food not available the rest of the week. It’s served from 11-2 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Every Asian person in Nashville will be there. We go after church on Sunday and get our Chinese fix for the week. It beats Chinatown hands down, as well as that “PF Chang’s” place.


  2. Bo (unregistered) on June 23rd, 2007 @ 9:37 am

    Fu Lin in Brentwood is a good alternative to P.F. Changs. It’s not a “traditional” Chinese restaurant, but the food is good.


  3. Brentwood Boy (unregistered) on June 28th, 2007 @ 4:19 pm

    I don’t think it was a BBQ place in the past. I used to eat there when I first moved to Nashville in 1988, meaning China Hut has been there at least twenty years. I haven’t been there in years and years, but I enjoyed your review and plan to try it again some time.



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