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Old Town Taste

We've described Old Town Taste as a strip mall Chinese restaurant — easily spotted by the bright-red neon sign when cruising through Tempe — with a Sichuan bent. Inside the mural-walled restaurant with turquoise booths, menus promise some exciting dishes, including the braised eggplant, Ma Po tofu, and Szechuan-style blood curd. One of our favorite plates is the Chongqing-style platter. This house special is offered as chicken or fish, and both options are phenomenal thanks to the piping hot meat coated in thin, crunchy batter. The dish is further weighed down with string beans and chile. Anything Chongqing-style here will leave you satisfied for some time.