Fortune Chinese Restaurant: inexplicably empty

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Fortune Chinese Restaurant is located at 12315 North Rockwell in Oklahoma City (map). They are open Monday through Thursday from 11am to 10pm, Friday and Saturday from 11am to 10:30pm and Sunday from 11:30am to 9:30pm. Call them at 405.722.3032.

Every single time I go into Fortune Chinese Restaurant, the place is practically deserted. I think the last two visits, there was one other occupied table. And it just makes no sense.

I have been to far too many Chinese restaurants that are buffets first and restaurants second. The food they make is destined to sit on a hot line, picked over by dozens with just a sneeze-guard to protect it.

But not at Fortune. When I order there, I know that my food is being prepared for me. It is hot. It is fresh. Best of all, it is tasty.

We’ll start with a few staples of the genre — the egg roll and the egg drop soup. At $1.15, the egg rolls are excellent. There is still a little crisp to the vegetables inside and, again, they’re made fresh everyday. The soup is wonderful as well. For just $1, I don’t think it can get any better. Large streams of hot egg float and swirl in this little bowl. It reignites my passion and wonder for Chinese food.

I also tried the fried dumplings ($4.25) which I might ask for steamed next time. They were good, but not spectacular. I’d prefer a crispier, less oily skin. Also nice was the Cho Cho Beef — a skewer of fried, seasoned beef for $1.15. A nice little appetizer.

Honestly, you don’t need to fill up beforehand, because the portions at Fortune are enough for you to eat your fill and still take a little home for the next day.

I like the Slippery Chicken ($4.99 for small, $6.85 for large), though it’s not as spicy as the little chili pepper next to the name would seem to imply. Instead, it is a straightforward chicken, vegetable and brown-sauce dish. It sounds boring, I know, but it was great. Big mushrooms were included and I ate every last bit of it.

My wife tried the Champagne Chicken ($7.95), which we both found too light on flavor. Everything was cooked well enough, but the delicate champagne was too subtle to make an impact.

Better was the Cleopatra Chicken ($7.95), which is reminiscent of a General Tso’s chicken, but this was tender and the sauce, while spicy, still had great freshness. You could clearly see the diced tomatoes and onions that went into the sauce — a real departure from what you get at so many buffet-style places.

Vegetarians and dieters take note — you are represented here. For those who would eschew meat, there is the Buddhist Delight, Ma Poo Tu Fu and Broccoli with Garlic Sauce. For those watching their waistlines, steamed veggies with chicken, beef and shrimp are available.

My worry with Fortune is that business seems slow. I guess their take-out and delivery must be strong, because I don’t know how they’d stay afloat with the few diners that come in at night. Regardless, I love the place and I appreciate our reader, Dan, asking for a review. Otherwise, I might not have found a new favorite Chinese restaurant.

What do you think? Let us know in the comments.

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This article was posted by Greg Elwell on Sunday, October 19th, 2008. It is filed under:

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  • Bizzle says:
    October 19th, 2008 at 5:14 pm   

    When I lived north side this was our fav place. I like the cheese wontons and the fact that the fried rice is the brown kind and not the yellow plasticky stuff most places have gone to. It’s almost always empty when we eat there too. However, I know that the folks at the Oklahoma Heart Hospital give them good business.

  • Noelle says:
    October 20th, 2008 at 12:41 pm   

    I think the only reason Fortune is never crowded is because everyone gets it delivered! When I lived in that neck of the woods, we ordered take-out nearly every week, if not more. Every time I picked up my order, others were either waiting to pick up their food, or the girls were busy taking more delivery calls. It’s good Chinese food – never disappointed once!

  • Cathy Turner says:
    October 20th, 2008 at 8:08 pm   

    After reading your review I had lunch there today…It was great. Since I live alone and about two blocks from there, it will probably become a favorite with me…keep up the good work.

  • Haley says:
    October 21st, 2008 at 10:07 am   

    I have been going to Fortune since I was just a little lover of food! I live around the Western Ave. restaurant row and still make my way over there for their great food!

  • Chris J. says:
    October 30th, 2008 at 10:39 am   

    I actually don’t get this place…the food is strictly average, and the service is average too. I’ve been on more than one occasion, and I just don’t get it. I’m much happier with Grand House, or even China First which isn’t too far from Fortune.

  • Kevin says:
    November 22nd, 2008 at 8:41 am   

    As I prefer places that are off the trendy everyone wants to be seen there list, THANKS!
    A good meal is a quiet setting .. hard to beat that idea

  • Jennifer says:
    November 10th, 2009 at 5:03 pm   

    DELICIOUS! We used to live in the Warwick area and frequently had Fortune deliver takeout. We have since moved, but still make the trek over for their UNBEATABLE quality and prices. My husband and kids beg for the Pan Fried Noodles and the Pork fried rice. Good Mongolian Beef and Egg Rolls, too!

  • Marguerite says:
    January 15th, 2010 at 12:50 pm   

    After reading Greg’s review my family tried Fortune Restaurant for lunch yesterday. The service could not be better. Our order was taken immediately. We ordered form the lunch menu which we thought was a great deal. Our beverages and soup arrived very quickly, soon followed by a very good egg roll. Our meals again followed shortly after we had finished the egg rolls. We all were very pleased with our choices. Everything was very tasty, hot and really fresh. We will most certainly be frequent repeat customers.

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We lunched there on the strength of this review and were delighted.

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