Columbus >Happy House Chinese Restaurant
1267 W 5th Ave, Columbus, OH | Directions 4321239.98856 -83.04012
M-Th 11am-10pm, F-Sa 11am-10:30pm, Su 1pm-10pm
Neighborhoods: Grandview Heights
Amazing lunch bargain – I visit this place several times a week for lunch. The lunch specials are $4.25 (carry out and about 4.50 for dine in due to tax) and there is a selection of perhaps 20 dishes. Some are spicy and there is a variety of beef/chicken/shrimp or even tofu dishes. The spicy dishes aren't wimpy either, some pack heat. Comes with fried or white rice, a fortune cookie and even a fountain drink which is included. It's an outstanding deal in my opinion, especially for students or anyone on a budget. Hearty egg rolls for a dollar each if you want, and I really like the eggrolls here. The special is from 11-3 every single day, so you don't have to limit yourself to a small lunchtime window. Weekends too.
Aside from lunch it's still an all right deal, just a few dollars more mainly due to drink if you get one. Otherwise everything is pretty bargain priced. You order at the cash register and the food is always done in just a few minutes when I go. It seems to be a family run place, it's all Asian (presumably Chinese but I can't ascertain that) employees. Their English isn't superb but I like that, it's more authentic. Everyone's nice enough in a softspoken way, not too talkative, they just get the job done. I haven't encountered ineptitude or rudeness there ever.
It's often pretty empty and quiet. That's fine with me so I get in and out fast. I don't go for a memorable experience, it's purpose for me is a very functional one. Honestly if it were within walking distance from the OSU campus where I live, I would go every day if not multiple times per day. It's still a close drive. It's like a Chinese kitchen almost right next door. Highly recommended depending on your expectations--a humble place that will fill you up without hurting the wallet. My preferred Chinese eatery for sure.
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