I’ve found that lunch specials at most Chinese restaurants offer over sized meals, generally offering a lot of good food for your money. An entree, white/friend fried, soup and occasionally an egg roll for less than $5. That being said: Fortune House in Annapolis offered a watered down version of that which left me disappointed.
When our receptionist announced in email that the office would be ordering in from Fortune House, I started to salivate. I am all about good food, especially if it’s cheap Chinese food. Fortune House — 410-571-9712 — is located at 801 Compass Way in Annapolis. They offer free delivery on $10+ lunches to Riva, Davidsonville, Crofton, Annapolis, and Edgewater.
I ordered the beef lo mein lunch special, which came with fried rice and wonton soup. Beef lo mein is one of my usual staples, especially when trying out a new restaurant. No sense in comparing apples and oranges from different places.
The beef was well cooked and had a nice consistency, better than average for take-out chinese. There weren’t any mushrooms in the lo mein either, which for me is a positive. Here ends the good things about the meal.
The noodles were covered in a very greasy sauce, the same that caused the onions to be mushy, without a hint of crispness. The sauce itself had some taste to it, but nothing good enough to mention. The fried rice was devoid of all moisture, dried as if it had been sitting out too long. The wonton broth was bland, and could have been warm water. No egg roll at all. The portions were minuscule, barely filling a mere 6-inch pie pan for both the rice and the lo mein. I’m accustomed to larger Styrofoam contained that are bursting with food, to the point were several staples are required to keep the lid closed.
At $5.50 for a small-but-greasy pie plate of mediocre food, skip this place altogether. I consider my loss an investment, since I definitely know not to go there for dinner anytime soon.