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China Joy: Happy, healthy food in Five Points

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China Joy in historic Five Points presents diners with healthy food that makes even the pickiest eaters happy. Located on Margaret Street at Riverside Market Square near other eateries and a supermarket, this small gem delights and surprises in quality and in price. A large number of selections and a speedy kitchen staff make this eatery an economical, fun place for authentic Chinese American fare.

At China Joy, the dining room is tiny--a couple of booths and a few chairs and tables near the door and the window. Most of the customers of this popular local spot order takeout or have their food delivered. Delivery is available for minimum orders of $10 and up with a small fee. Appetizers, special family dinners for two to six people, lunch specials, chef's specialties, combinations, special healthy food, and party trays to go offer something for everybody.

Lunch specials for under $6

Lunch specials are served Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. for only $5.50. For this great price, customers can choose from 34 dishes which come with vegetable fried rice and fried cheese wonton. There is General Tsao's chicken, Szechuan chicken, boneless spare ribs, chow mein with different meat and seafood, curry chicken, and shrimp with lobster sauce. The combination plates come with roast pork fried rice and an egg roll for only $7.25. The special healthy food items are mainly vegetables, chicken, shrimp, and white rice instead of fried rice. China Joy is one of the few Asian restaurants that offers brown rice.

Some good Chinese food for everyone

On any given weekday, the staff can be seen taking their breaks enjoying the chef's delicious cooking, a good sign that China Joy is a safe place to eat. For those on a carb-restricted diet, just tell the cashier "no rice" and extra vegetables will be given generously.The house specialties include yummy, steaming hot fried chicken wings and generously cut french fries as well as fried baby shrimp and a few other delicacies.

China Joy's hours vary depending on the day of the week. Open from 10:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, it is open until 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. are the Sunday hours. During the week, the JTA Riverside Trolley stops a few yards from the entrance, and there is parking around the shops.

China Joy offers healthy Chinese American cuisine and is perfect for those on the go.

China Joy

1650 Margaret Street, Suite 305

Jacksonville, Fla. 32204

(904) 388-8396-phone

(904) 388-9619-fax

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