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Ho Ho Chinese Restaurant, decades-old spot on the Northside

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Ho Ho Chinese Restaurant

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On busy Lem Turner Road in North Jacksonville, Ho Ho Chinese Restaurant serves Asian food for dining in and to go. It has a large, traditional menu as well as seafood and wing specials. While the other businesses have come and gone over the years, from beauty salons to fresh fish markets, Ho Ho has held it down in an area dominated by fast food.

Ho Ho serves very affordable lunch specials Monday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Prices include rice and a soda and range from $4.75 to $5.30. There are dishes including lo mein, beef with broccoli, and sweet and sour chicken. The curry chicken is served steaming hot with tender vegetables. Avoid the heavily battered, tough General Chicken which contains nearly no poultry. The fried rice is simple and very good. Appetizers include egg rolls, b.b.q. ribs, and shrimp. The traditional soups like wonton and hot and sour are on the menu, and a few vegetable dishes are also available. Sunday hours are from 12 noon to 9:30 p.m.

Special combination plates include an egg roll and pork fried rice. They range from chicken or pork egg foo young, cashew chicken, honey chicken, and green pepper steak. Happy Family, orange chicken, and scallops and beef with garlic sauce are several of the chef's specials on the menu. For those who really like egg foo young, there are five omelettes served with vegetable fried rice or white rice.

Dinare more plentiful. Many of the restaurant's local customers prefer the fried chicken and shrimp dishes. The male staff is quick but be patient as the phone is constantly ringing. In the front of the restaurant, several chairs offer comfort for those taking out food. The wait is usually not long. A dining room sits off to the right of the register and, though clean, has a decor that is somewhat outdated. However, the Christmas ornaments are charming.

The restroom area off of the kitchen in the back needs serious redesign. It is very dim, and the sign on not flushing the toilet paper signals a misunderstanding of basic American health and hygiene.

With so few restaurants in an area flooded with greasy burger spots, the Lem Turner area is home to Ho Ho Chinese Restaurant which has been in the neighborhood for years serving traditional Asian fare. The food and prices are decent, the location convenient.

Ho Ho Chinese Restaurant

7902 Lem Turner Road

Jacksonville, FL 33208

(904) 764-3081

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