Review: With only an hour between a motion to suppress and a police interrogation to attend, Charlie Chow's was a quick and central choice. Things started well when my buddy and I told the waiter we were in a hurry and they accommodated us quickly.
I ordered the kung pao chicken lunch special. It came with ham fried rice and noodles. The chicken was thinly sliced and cooked in a sauce with vegetables, such as water chestnuts, baby corn, and bell pepper. While the chicken was nicely cooked, there was not spice to the sauce (I had to add a boat load of siracha to feel any heat), nor was there anything particularly special about the dish, although it was quite oily. It was exactly what you would expect from an americanized Chinese restaurant. The fried rice was about the same: perfectly normal stuff. Nothing noteworthy. The noodles were the best part of the meal. They were simple, salty, well cooked. All in all, very standard food.
If you're looking for good quality Chinese food, Charlie Chow's isn't the place for you. If, instead, you need okay Chinese food fast, Charlie Chow's is an alright bet.
Rating: 5/10 (5/10 is average).