Chop Stix Bistro

★★★☆☆
  • 2441 Nw 43rd St # 13

    Gainesville, FL 32606

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  • 352-505-3131

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Mon: 11:00 AM to 9:30 PM Tue: 11:00 AM to 9:30 PM Wed: 11:00 AM to 9:30 PM Thu: 11:00 AM to 9:30 PM Fri: 11:00 AM to 9:30 PM Sat: 11:00 AM to 9:30 PM Sun: Closed
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I went to this restaurant with my wife for lunch.

Unfortunately, I had a really bad waiter, who was often MIA and had a very bad attitude. I also enjoyed watching the owner, who spent his time surfing the internet in plain view of all the customers (probably writing a few positive reviews of his own restaurant in the process)... But I rarely let bad service tarnish my view of a restaurant. After all, I go there to eat, not to make friends...

The menu had Asian food from several countries, Vietnam, Thailand, Japan (of course they had sushi), and China (and maybe more). This is a big red flag, because it signals a lack of specialty, but I decided to stick it out.

The owners are Vietnamese, so I figure Vietnamese food is the way to go. So I pick the most popular dish in Vietman. I've had Vietnamese food before and this was flat-out a huge disappointment. It was basically ramen noodles with boiled chicken and some vegetables thrown in. Way too many mushrooms. Way too much low-grade boiled chicken. Too salty. Too much emphasis on portion, too little emphasis on actually tasting good. Maybe you can argue I'm not Vietnamese so I can't appreciate it.... but as an American it tasted bad. My wife ordered some Japanese tempura and said it was average (but expensive).

Chop Stix was darkly lit, which is good because it's not very clean. The men's bathroom was filthy when I went, it looked like it was at a gas station.

It's too expensive given the quality of the food. Plus the bad service and cleanliness of the restaurant were real bummers.

Only in a college town could a place like this survive. Most people have way too much good taste to waste their time here.

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★☆☆☆☆

I went to this restaurant with my wife for lunch.

Unfortunately, I had a really bad waiter, who was often MIA and had a very bad attitude. I also enjoyed watching the owner, who spent his time surfing the internet in plain view of all the customers (probably writing a few positive reviews of his own restaurant in the process)... But I rarely let bad service tarnish my view of a restaurant. After all, I go there to eat, not to make friends...

The menu had Asian food from several countries, Vietnam, Thailand, Japan (of course they had sushi), and China (and maybe more). This is a big red flag, because it signals a lack of specialty, but I decided to stick it out.

The owners are Vietnamese, so I figure Vietnamese food is the way to go. So I pick the most popular dish in Vietman. I've had Vietnamese food before and this was flat-out a huge disappointment. It was basically ramen noodles with boiled chicken and some vegetables thrown in. Way too many mushrooms. Way too much low-grade boiled chicken. Too salty. Too much emphasis on portion, too little emphasis on actually tasting good. Maybe you can argue I'm not Vietnamese so I can't appreciate it.... but as an American it tasted bad. My wife ordered some Japanese tempura and said it was average (but expensive).

Chop Stix was darkly lit, which is good because it's not very clean. The men's bathroom was filthy when I went, it looked like it was at a gas station.

It's too expensive given the quality of the food. Plus the bad service and cleanliness of the restaurant were real bummers.

Only in a college town could a place like this survive. Most people have way too much good taste to waste their time here.

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If you like the food at the Chop Stix on 13th, but want to get away from the college kids, check this place out. The menu is the same, but of course the kitchens are different so their are a few differences in taste. Still the best Pan-Asian restaurant I have ever been to. The cafe is a bit hidden in the center of a circular shopping center, but the outdoor seating is worth the hard-to-find location.

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If you like the food at the Chop Stix on 13th, but want to get away from the college kids, check this place out. The menu is the same, but of course the kitchens are different so their are a few differences in taste. Still the best Pan-Asian restaurant I have ever been to. The cafe is a bit hidden in the center of a circular shopping center, but the outdoor seating is worth the hard-to-find location.

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