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Gross Out: A Roach at Golden Buddha

By Amy Silverman Is there a curse at the Chinese Cultural Center in Phoenix? I'm starting to wonder. I've had more bad Asian meals than I can count from a grouping of businesses that should be the best in town, given the billing.

I'd about sworn off the CCC entirely --after a particularly bad meal at a now-defunct Japanese buffet -- when someone mentioned Golden Buddha. This was years ago, and it's true, I had some great dim sum and other dishes at GB, during several visits. But lately it's slipped, and now that I've read about the restaurant's last couple county inspections, it's off my radar entirely.

All it takes is one roach, and the inspector found it -- along with undated food in the cooler, debris on the utensils, raw fish and raw beef stored above vegetables and rice stored next to chemicals.

Panda Express, anyone? (Before you squawk, that was a joke -- sort of.)

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Amy Silverman is a two-time winner of the Arizona Press Club’s Journalist of the Year award. Her work has appeared on the radio show This American Life and in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Lenny Letter, and Brain, Child. She’s the co-curator of the live reading series Bar Flies, and a commentator for KJZZ, the NPR affiliate in Phoenix. Silverman is the author of the book My Heart Can’t Even Believe It: A Story of Science, Love, and Down Syndrome (Woodbine House 2016). Follow her on Instagram (@amysilverman), Twitter (@amysilvermanaz), and at