The building housed a hamburger joint in 1972, but the restaurant closed. Ben Phoo Lee bought it and created one of the first neighborhood Chinese restaurants.
“It’s amazing to see people come in and tell their stories”
“We’ve had people coming in saying they grew up eating here,” manager Bruce Lee says. “We had a couple come in and say they had their first date here. Now they’re grandparents.”
Ben Phoo Lee’s daughters attended Lake Highlands High School, and Lee says customers come in, ask about them and share stories about growing up.
A new management company bought the restaurant last year, but the original owner’s nephew Scott Tzou has been the chef since he came to the U.S.
“He’s been cooking for 20 years, so the taste never changes,” Lee says.
Bo Bo China recently hosted a small group of Lake Highlands High alumni who gathered for a mini 20-year reunion.
“It’s a great neighborhood. It’s amazing to see people come in and tell their stories,” he says.
The restaurant’s families originally come from Beijing, China, and the country inspires the menu. Savor Mongolian beef, orange or sesame chicken and Ming’s Chicken. The Bo Bo Combination Fried Rice, Lo Mein and Shrimp are also popular items.
One customer favorite is the Sizzling Rice Soup, which features chicken broth blended with shrimp, chicken, mushrooms, bamboo shoots, water chestnuts and golden rice crust.
Appetizers include beef eggrolls, vegetable spring rolls and pot stickers, described as Chinese fried “raviolis” or dumplings. The restaurant serves daily lunch specials from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and offers takeout.
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Bo Bo China
Tuesday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; 4:30 p.m.-8:45 p.m.
Wednesday and Thursday,
11 a.m.-3 p.m.; 4:30 p.m.-9 p.m.
Friday and Saturday,
11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Sunday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.