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Evergreen Chinese Restaurant

One look at the Evergreen menu and you will be convinced that some longstanding mistake has been made. "Waiter, please bring us the menu," you'll say. "This one is clearly from 1966." They will assure you it's real. This authentic Taiwanese/Chinese outlet on Eat Street is selling items for low (and oddly specific) prices: Two egg rolls for $3.20, say, or fish ball soup for $2.75. Get further into the menu, toward the rice and noodle entrees, and the prices look more familiar, but are still affordable. At $15, a "Happy Family" of shrimp, scallops, and chicken is as high as it goes. By that point, you can afford to splurge. Or just keep pecking your way through the cheap stuff until you're sated, with tastes of ginger, bamboo, and wine still on your tongue. You will emerge from this downstairs Eat Street gem feeling wise. Not rich, necessarily, but a little less poor than you might've been somewhere else.

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