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  • ah

    More necessary than the sign is a PoP post about the sign.

  • Not sure that this post is supposed to be funny or what but I think the point of sign has to do with the new findings of the amount of arsenic in certain grains of rice. They say to boil the rice in a lot of water helps to lower the arsenic levels; white rice will not stand up the boiling as well as brown rice. Just my two cents.

    • Are these the same people who freaked out about radiation coming from the nuclear reactor in Japan and poisoning them in Kansas, California, and wherever else?

      Arsenic is naturally occurring and rice has been a dietary staple for thousands of years.

    • I think it’s because a lot of people prefer whole grains these days. I wouldn’t specifically seek out a Chinese restaurant that offers brown rice, but it’s nice when they do.

  • I never eat in these low-end Chinese places, cause I associate them with being terribly unhealthy. They also scream ghetto to me and the awning and graffiti on the door of this place don’t help. Come up, people! The neighborhood is changing. Step it up.

    • zainoce

      Clearly you have never tried it! I can assure it is not “low end” and has some of the best Chinese food this side of Sichuan. I organize a big group dinner there at least once a month … its one of my top five places in town.

      • Amen. I really like Great Wall. The food from the Ma-La menu is delicious, the people who work there are really nice, and they redid the whole interior last year. Clearly, this person has never eaten there.

        • Ditto. This is a go-to for great (especially if you like hot) Chinese food. And it’s nicer to be in after the reno (although the food was always great).

      • also, if you ever walked inside or even looked through the window it would be clear it’s not a typical carry-out; they just did a renovation. And I agree they should clean up the graffiti but it might not be a simple job–I’d cut the owners a little slack since they clearly weren’t the ones spray-painting their own business.

    • It’s nice to see that Marion Berry is now reading and posting on PoP.

    • wow dude you are a moron. Great Wall is hands down the best Chinese in DC. do some research before you post about how “ghetto” you think something is.

      • I agree that use of the word ghetto smacks of ignorance, but this is definitely not the best chinese restaurant in dc. if it is, that’s incredibly sad. I don’t understand people’s affinity for this place. I find they’re usually upper middle class white folks who think it’s cool to slum it at the local dive restaurant. I gave this place 3 tries and I found the food to be poor-to-mediocre each time. plus, the decor is beyond depressing.

        • Just curious, but what did you order? The difference between the regular menu and ma la menu is pretty stark. They are catering to different tastes: people who want relatively bland “Chinese” take out and those who are looking for some real Sichuan heat. Although their normal takeout offerings are leaps and bounds above your run-of-the-mill DC Full Yum standards.

        • Yeah. If this place is the best Chinese in DC, that’s pretty sad. If you want good Chinese, head out to Rockville or Seven Corners (gasp – the suburbs!). But I wouldn’t be worried about eating there for sanitary reasons. But it is pretty mediocre.

        • What the hell did you order?

          The place is packed with Chinese ex-pats who won’t/can’t trek out to the ‘burbs to get a proper Chinese meal. I lived in China for over a year and this is the closest you can get to legit Chinese food in this city. Great Wall is consistently ranked in the top 100 Chinese restaurants in all of the US (they have years of awards on the wall of the restaurant to prove it). The only place to get better Chinese food is to drive 30 minutes out of the city or go to Flushing, Queens.

          If you’re going here and getting the “normal” American-Chinese fare, then you’re doing it wrong. Everything you order should be on the Ma-La menu. The only decent things not on the Ma-La menu are the Singapore noodles and the Szechuan String Beans (omgz).

          I recommend the ma-la fish soup, the Twice Cooked pork belly, mapo tofu, san jiao ji (Three Pepper Chicken), and the Ma-La dumplings. Prepare your mouth for the heat!

        • You have American tastes. This is authentic Chinese food.

      • Great Wall is decent and definitely one of the better options in the District, but I’d say Sichuan Pavillion on K st. is better.

    • Best ma po in DC. Hands down.

    • This place is the best. Clearly, you know nothing about great Chinese food.

  • They should have made the sign in graffiti to complement the other works of art… >:/

    China Wonder 4 Ever!!!

    • I’m torn on this one. I mean I came up on Howard China but later moved on to China Wonder. They both have special places in my heart. LOL! Howard China was my first experience with mumbo sauce in ’95.

  • pablo .raw

    Never thought I was going to learn so much from a post! I’m switching to brown rice from now on, hope is not too late!

  • I live right near Great Wall… but Sichuan Pavilion is by far the best and the only chinese place I get.

  • leftcoastsouthpaw

    I’m a huge fan of Great Wall as well. The twice cooked pork is amazing, but you may need a bypass after eating it. Be warned, the three pepper chicken or tofu is incredibly hot.

  • Fascinating how many brand-new commentators with such strong loyalty have appeared on this thread. I’m actually all in favor of stoking up your friends/family & PR team for something like this – really – no sarcasm. I think it’s a great indication of how important PoP has become.

    • Hmm, nice observation.

    • I was one of the people who posted above. I’m not a “new” commenter (although I don’t see how you’d even be able to tell that), I’m not white or (sadly) upper middle class, and I don’t know anyone from the place. I just used to live down the street from there and it struck a nerve to see someone who clearly hadn’t eaten there describe it as “ghetto.”

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