When I first saw “Eat Rice” I thought the name was a little strange. Sort of sounds like a command, not the name of a restaurant. Still, this Chinese restaurant is one of several in Kettering that caters to the city’s northern neighborhoods and just into south Dayton. It’s a tiny establishment, like many others like it, focused on delivery and with quick simple Chinese food dishes. I can’t speak for all of the dishes that I tried, but after the first few things I sampled on the menu, I don’t know that I want to.
The restaurant serves all the classic Chinese food dishes, but the dishes are sort of unremarkable. I get General Tso’s Chicken because everyone likes it, and of course it’s probably going to be most common thing people order. The chicken is crisp, but a number of pieces in my order were overcooked. Probably sat in the fryer a little longer than they needed too. The sauce was also a little strange, sort of weak and a little runny, like it had been watered down. It’s the classic General Tso’s, though, in that the sticky sweet sauce and fried chicken are always going to sell.
Similar story for the fried dumplings, which are stuffed with some kind of meat I can’t immediately identify, but they’re mostly crispy with just a little bit of stuffing. They look good but they need more filling. What’s more, the sweet sauce that goes with them is also watered down. I’m not really into it. I will say though, that Eat Rice has a ton of cheap dining options which is hard to beat. People love cheap eats, and not only are there value lunch options, but dishes come in several different sizes, there are family meal packs, and the appetizers are all very inexpensive, so it’s hard to beat the price points. Most of the other spots around town I’ve tried are more expensive than this one, even with takeout.
In all, Eat Rice does in fact fill a space in the network of Chinese restaurants throughout the city, in that it might be more convenient for some neighborhoods than another Chinese food place. But I’m not convinced that it achieves much more than that.
- Eat Rice has cheap eats! There are lunch specials and dinner entrees are served in different sizes.
- The fried food is good, but I haven’t tried any sauces I liked here.
- The appetizers are also some of the most economical in town, so that might be worth a little extra.