In a word: Unremarkable, but not totally gross.
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JM ate the sweet & sour chicken with white rice and a soda while working the December 1979 Atlantic cryptic crossword. His fortune cookie said, "All the answers you need are right there in front of you!"
N ate the shrimp lo mein and pork fried rice while reading Girl Cook by Hannah McCouch. Her fortune cookie said "You find beauty in ordinary things. Do not lose this ability."
The bill was $11, or $5.50/person, plus tip.
JM gave A8 China a C-; N gave A8 China a C+ (see our grading rubric).
A8 China's divey exterior was part of the reason it took us a while to start this A-Z thing. It's squished between a hair place and a tatoo parlor on University Avenue, with a whiteboard easel advertising cheap eats. When we went, a big poster advertised dinners with "fried or withe rice."
Because "the rules" don't specify a minimum order, I was planning to get just an egg roll and a soda, but I was hungry and ordered a full dinner. That was a mistake - we both ended up throwing out some of our food cuz it just wasn't that good.
While we were sad that the soda fountain was out of ice, we did enjoy looking at the mural and the yellow plush duck.
Update 9/7/04: we've noticed a lot of folks getting here from Google looking for an online menu for A8 China.
As far as we know, they don't have one, but you can call 250-8888 and ask for your favorite standard Chinese takeaway; it'll probably be on the menu.
Update 6/16/05: A8 China now has a website. Yay!