One Crazy Duck

  • A crowd was on hand throughout the lunch hour and happy cooks (l-r) Vinh and Lee were busy bees all day and evening.

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    A crowd was on hand throughout the lunch hour and happy cooks (l-r) Vinh and Lee were busy bees all day and evening.

  • A crowd was on hand throughout the lunch hour.

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    A crowd was on hand throughout the lunch hour.

  • Restaurant manager Diane Peterson puts the Crazy Duck’s first order of Chinese food on opening day into the hands of The Mountain Enterprise Office Manager Pam Sturdevant, fulfilling her journalistic due-diligence duties.

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    Restaurant manager Diane Peterson puts the Crazy Duck’s first order of Chinese food on opening day into the hands of The Mountain Enterprise Office Manager Pam Sturdevant, fulfilling her journalistic due-diligence duties.

  • Waitress Samantha Smith turns over the goods to Senior Asian Food Correspondent Cat Buckles from The Mountain Enterprise, who says she likes her chow mein with a higher veggie to noodle ratio: “but this was very tasty, as is the mushroom chicken, which is very moist. It appears they make each dish fresh when ordered rather than having giant pans drying out under heat lamps...which would partially explain the wait on opening day.”

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    Waitress Samantha Smith turns over the goods to Senior Asian Food Correspondent Cat Buckles from The Mountain Enterprise, who says she likes her chow mein with a higher veggie to noodle ratio: “but this was very tasty, as is the mushroom chicken, which is very moist. It appears they make each dish fresh when ordered rather than having giant pans drying out under heat lamps...which would partially explain the wait on opening day.”

New Chinese Restaurant in Frazier Park Crowded on Opening Day

By The Mountain Enterprise staff

The new Crazy Duck Chinese Restaurant in Frazier Park lived up to its name on opening day.

It was crazy.

“We received over 120 meal orders the first hour we were open,” said manager Diane Peterson. “Then we spent the rest of the day just catching up.”

The Mountain Enterprise placed the restaurant’s first official order, which was combinations of Orange Chicken, Sweet and Sour Pork, Beef with Broccoli, Chicken and Mushrooms, Shrimp Foo Yung, Fried Rice and Chow Mein noodles.

The food was excellent and no monosodium glutamate (MSG) was used in the cooking. According to Peterson, “Everything is made fresh every day and we do not use any prepared foods.”

On that first day, some customers had to wait up to an hour for their orders, but most seemed determined to hang in there on what will probably be the restaurant’s most challenging day.

The Mountain Enterprise’s Senior Asian Food Correspondent Cat Buckles says, “It’s fresher than Panda Express,” and “I will go again.”

Peterson said she had to close the restaurant at 7 p.m. on the first day because they ran out of food.

The Crazy Duck is located at 637 San Emidio Way, between the bank and the newspaper parking lot. Their hours are Monday–Thursday 11 a.m.–8 p.m., Friday–Saturday 11 a.m.–9 p.m. The restaurant closes 2– 4 p.m. each day. Take out orders can be phoned in to 245-3320.

This is part of the July 30, 2010 online edition of The Mountain Enterprise.

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