Back To School
I could never understand this obsession. We all have memories of one college dive or another, places we almost lived at during our undergraduate days. But most of us graduate, so to speak. Besides, I'd been a UNT student at about the same time and was pretty sure I had eaten there once or twice, but couldn't really recall. Obviously, the place hadn't left nearly the impression on me that it had on him.
Mr. Chopsticks' original location was on the corner of Hickory and Welch before the development pushed it out. The new location is nice enough, with an outdoor patio perfect for cool nights. Without any prejudice for or against the new digs, I was pretty happy with our table's view of the parking lot. My friend said he initially missed the old place out of nostalgia, but has come to appreciate the roomier new location more.
You know who ordered his customary Kung Pao chicken with fried rice and a fried vegetable spring roll as an appetizer. I settled on the cashew chicken and a liquid appetizer.
We lived. In fact, for a college town hangout, it was pretty impressive: whole cashews, crisp breading, a prickly ginger sauce. My friend is adamant that the food has not changed a bit, despite the move.
Next time I relive the past in Denton, I might choose his instead of mine. --Jesse Hughey