Bougie Late Night



Shit. I’ve been a Leopard hermit for a month, and that is not okay. In my defense, I am finally employed, and my pre-shambled life has finally started to sort itself out–more or less. Don’t get crazy, not too sorted.

Let’s see. Since my last Chinese undertaking at Xi’An Famous Foods, I have guzzled one too many tacos and margaritas, and finally stepped into Mission Chinese Food, which brings me to my main point.

Last night, circa 12:14 AM, post a first time visit to Bar 169 (a world within itself), the chilly weather and lack of male prospects at 169 led us to slurp peanut noodles and interesting cocktails at Mission Chinese next door.

First note, if there is a fish tank anywhere, that is a bad sign. MTV cribs status. It ain’t right.

Anyway, Chloe and I started for the bar, were completely ignored for about 6 minutes until we finally placed our cocktail orders and contemplated how large we wanted to be at ungodly hours for the metabolism.

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I opted for the Phil Khallins, a gin, coconut milk, kaffir lime, tianjin chili, ginger, lemongrass, and sesame oil situation that came in a baller little oriental mug-ish thing. It was very interesting, in a good tom-kha soup meets alcohol kind of way. I’d be down for a pitcher.

The spicy peanut noodles were definitely tasty, with a nice creamy peanut butter-ish consistency background. It would be hard to f*ck up. I was digging the abundance of toasted peanuts–I wanted to stash them in my purse for later but did not have a Ziplock handy.

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We were torn on the sautéed celery situation. Definitely well-dressed, but a mission to eat with chopsticks, and could’ve used some backing in the rice department to mingle with.

Also, the pictures are obviously kind of shitty because I wasn’t going to whip out the flash, which makes them even shittier. I think you can get a general idea.

The hype? IDK man. I’m also partial to Lovely Day around the corner from me.

Mission Chinese Food is a good group experience, hence all the big red booths meandering about. Interesting menu, good flavors. Worth a visit, but not a million visits kind of thing. Good late night vibes if you’d like to one-up the dollar slice.




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