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When you visit the small eastern Nevada city of Ely, do you expect to find a restaurant serves delicious Chinese food that rivals any food found in San Francisco?  Do you normally dine of fine Chinese cuisine on St. Patrick's Day?  Well, I'm neither Chinese or Irish, and during a visit to Ely, Nevada on March 17, 2007, I came across Twin Wok, located at the east end of town on Great Basin Blvd., and I knew I just had to pay them a visit, as Chinese food sounded good, at the moment.  On second thought, Chinese food sounds good anytime!

Left:  Twin Wok's outside is attractive, and they're the only Chinese restaurant in Ely.  Right:  Jimmy is hard at work preparing orders.

As of this writing, Twin Wok has a monopoly on Chinese food in Ely, as they're the only restaurant in town that serves Chinese food.  Most businesses that find themselves as the only player in town will offer a substandard product and a price that would shock Rockefeller.  Not so at Twin Wok, as their food is delicious, their menu is gigantic, their service is fast and friendly, and their prices are very pocketbook friendly.  I asked the friendly owner, Jimmy, how the restaurant acquired the name Twin Wok, and he replied, with a smile that its because they serve both Chinese and Japanese cuisine.  He told me that he and his wife have been operating the place for the last five years, and that its a real hit with the locals, but they get a lot of business from highway travelers as well, as they're located on U.S.. 6, as it passes through town.

Left:  As you walk into Twin Wok, you are greeted with a pleasant view of the counter, and kitchen, to the right of the photo.  Right:  Twin Wok is very busy on a early Saturday evening.

Twin Wok  has a large menu which features both Chinese and Japanese entrées. Located in the center of the restaurant is a sushi and salad bar, with many of those stainless steel restaurant bowls filled with sushi, sauce and diced vegetables, resting on a bed of shaved ice and decorated with various whole fruits and vegetables, which made an attractive presentation.  Twin Wok is glad to prepare your order to-go, which seemed like a good idea to me, as I longed to return to my motel room and just vedge-out for the night.  Plus, it's not as much fun to dine alone, but I do it all of the time.

Photo:  The soup, sushi and salad bar is to the right of the photos, as I photograph diners who are enjoying the delicious cuisine of Twin Wok.

Everything on their menu appealed to me, but I finally settled on fried pork with vegetables, white rice, and that sticky, gooey, sweet-sour red sauce that adorns many Chinese dishes.  While Jimmy was preparing my meal, I sat at the counter, sipping a Tsingtao beer, and watching Jimmy prepare my meal, and watching his wife wait on the other diners.  Twin Wok is operated by a husband and wife team, and they work very hard, as the restaurant is open 7 days a week, from 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM.  Wow!  That's hard work...

Photo:  Friendly waiter, chief cook and bottle washer, not to mention owner of the restaurant, Jimmy, gives me the peace sign, as I snap his digital photo.

After powering down a couple of beers at my motel room, it was time to eat, so I popped my dinner into the microwave oven, nuked it for a couple of minutes, and brought it out, hot and steaming.  After waiting an hour to eat the meal, the food was as good as it was had just been served to me at the restaurant, as it utilized fine, fresh ingredients, and the veggies still had a little bit of "snap," which is what I like.  Although the pork was battered, it wasn't soggy or greasy, and it was fried to a perfect, golden brown.  Naturally the white rice was great, especially when topped by the sweet-sour sauce.  At $8.95 for a delicious dinner, I could eat at Twin Wok seven days a week. Wow!  This place is great!

Photo:  The rubber meets the road as I open my take out dinner, back at my motel room, and find delicious, warm fried pork, white rice and red sauce awaits my dining pleasure.

If you're looking for great Chinese food in Ely, Nevada, and you like fast, friendly service, a price that won't break the bank, and a delicious meal, look no further Twin Wok.  Highly recommended!

Twin Wok
700 Park Ave.
Ely, NV 89301
775 289-3699

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