Annie’s Kitchen has been around since the 90s, and in that over 30 years, they’ve had an incredibly loyal clientele. Customers who grew up on their cuisine kept coming back, bringing their children for that same taste they remember from their childhood. One such customer was Eyal Masheev. He loved Annie’s Kitchen as a kid, and he continued to love it as an adult. In 2017, he had the opportunity to take the place over, and he jumped on it. While some changes and updates have been made since then, Annie’s Kitchen is essentially the same place Eyal, and many others, grew up loving.
Like many American Chinese takeout places, Annie’s Kitchen has a simple setup, casual black furniture, red tea lamps hanging from the ceiling, and food photos lining the walls.
The food served in heaping portions with sides of rice is much the same as Eyal remembers. The dishes are dependable; frequent customers don’t have to worry that their favorites won’t be on the menu anymore. The General Tso’s Chicken tastes the same as it did 30 years ago, as does the sesame chicken, chicken with broccoli, beef with broccoli, the egg rolls, etc. basically every popular staple one would expect to find at a modern American Chinese restaurant can be found on the Annie’s Kitchen menu.
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Some specialty dishes are unique to Annie’s Kitchen, such as the Shredded Sesame. All sauces are homemade with Annie’s secret recipe. While dependability is the main appeal of Annie’s cuisine, Annie’s has experimented with some new recipes due to popular demand. They’ve created their homemade teriyaki sauce, adding a slew of teriyaki dishes to the menu. Another fun item Annie’s Kitchen offers is their Bento Boxes. They make for great appetizers and are a big seller, particularly for customers who come alone and don’t want to order something a tad smaller than Annie’s appetizers with their aforementioned large portions.
Annie’s Kitchen does a lot of to-go orders, plus pick-up orders, as is typical of a Chinese restaurant. They also cater events with their large party platters, which are perfect for a simple and affordable fleishig party.
Years pass, but Annie’s Kitchen remains the same, which returning customers are pretty happy about. Why mess with a good thing?