(OregonMania I with Naader Reda -- May 2012)
China Blue Restaurant, located on NW 9th St. in Corvallis, Oregon, is an Americanized Chinese restaurant and home to the Lucky Seven Challenge.
|(Nope, not my car)|
The place is somewhat dim inside. An Americanized Chinese food establishment, for the record. Silverware? Fork, butterknife, and a soup spoon. Nope, no chopsticks or tea cups at the outset.
Feeling extra hungry? Would you like to eat an entire chicken coop and cause mother hens all over the galaxy to infinitely torture your soul? Take on the Lucky Seven Challenge.
|At the beginning of April 2012, the pot was at $600|
|What it supposedly looks like|
|One of the servers brought out the challenge dishes|
(Hazelnut chicken goes the blue bowl and placed in the center of the red dish)
|Biggest winner to date won $1,000!|
I counted five winners on the wall overall. Some lucky dude won $1,000 last March, while another person a while back took home $900. I could tell the female server wanted me to give the challenge a go. Unfortunately, I'm a spicy food panda and haven't earned my second and third stomachs yet.
Yet, I wanted to at least get a "mini-sample" of what the challenge would be like. So I went on my own chicken bender.
(Hey, a panda on the cover!)
|"Mix and Match" is a great option if you want to try many dishes!|
|Hazelnut chicken is the signature item!|
|Spicy chicken (front); orange chicken (back right); Hunan chicken (back left)|
(China Blue Restaurant)
(Don't worry, the lighting was not the best)
|Hot & Sour Soup|
I got to sample the signature hazelnut chicken: light-breaded and marinated chicken with a white, creamy sweet hazelnut sauce. Holy crap. I would seriously take the Lucky Seven Challenge just so I can have an entire portion and still have six other kickass items to go. Otherwise, the hazelnut chicken $10.99 as a special entree. No worries, vegetarians can get tofu instead of chicken.
|Hazelnut chicken sample|
Definitely wanted more of this one!
Anyway, this was a great first experience. I just may have to break into crazy panda mode and take this challenge on anyway. Honestly, the money would be awesome, but merely a bonus to me. I just want to eat kickass food. China Blue has that.
I kept dreaming about that food on the drive home. Mmm...cluckin' chicken overload.
They are open every day at 11 a.m., serving lunch until 3:30. Dinner runs until 9 Sun-Thu (and until 10 on Fri and Sat). And yes, I'd rather head here for lunch than Panda Express.