ABC Chinese Cuisine
3510 Interstate 70 Dr SE
Columbia, MO 65201
This one isn’t too tough. ABC Chinese is tucked away on the far side of the traffic snakepit that is the I-70/I-63 intersection. Plenty of people have found the place though, and whether the people in the booths are medical staff from one of the many health care facilities nearby or are actually making the conceptual leap over the highway, ABC is rewarding them with solid Americanized Chinese food and a whole lot more of the real stuff than anyone else in town.
Dim sum, a sort of Chinese tapas, is available at all times and offers diners a few dozen choices ranging from entry level to grad school. There’s something for everybody at ABC (I like the spicy noodle soup, pork shu mai and any of their “Homestyle Dishes”). Naturally, there’s karaoke at night. The service is earnest but everything can come off a tad awkward at first. You may be asked if everything is fine every three or four minutes. You may have to chase your server down for the check. And do you pay at the table or at the hostess stand? Never mind, ABC is worth the trek and any oddities of service will be more than compensated-for by the food. And while you’re out there, be sure to stop in at Hong Kong Market for the best Asian produce and products in town.