Fans of Uncle KC’s Restaurant Chinese restaurant will really not like today’s review. A word to sum up our visit is disappointing. This was our third visit to the Coconut Creek restaurant near the corner of Lyons and Sample Road and we’re sorry to say that three times is not the charm and unfortunately none of our visits were really good. I’ll try to highlight the positive on our visit, but have to honestly share the less positive as well, especially the Raw Meat Pile. More on that later.
Driving up the restaurant in the strip mall you notice that the parking lot is mostly empty – that should be your first clue. I can’t ever recall driving by and seeing more than just a handful of cars. Walking in the door the next things you’ll notice is the lack of music and air conditioning. Complete silence. The only sound was of the two small oscillating fans on opposite ends of the dining room to circulate the air. Still it was just a little too warm to be comfortable. But most noticeably is no one greeting you at the door. Every one of our three visits had us waiting for an oddly long time before the waitress came out from the kitchen.
The dining room is has seen better days and sorely needs an update. The chairs are similar to ones you’d see in banquet halls and the seat in our booth had a big tear. Many of the tabletops were empty like the plates were just removed and not yet re-set for the next guest. It just looked bad.
The menus…oh, those menus. Over half the menu had items crossed out, whited-out price corrections or cut-n-paste over the old prices. Why was coffee removed from the menu? Who knows. The menu really looked like a rough draft of corrections that would be sent to the printer.
We ordered soup, both Wonton and Hot & Sour, eggrolls, Twice Cooked Pork and Garlic Chicken. Both soups were good (yea!!!!!!) but we later changed our minds. Remember that raw meat pile? Hang on, I’m almost to that part of the story.
The meals came with eggrolls that also were surprising good. Very crunchy on the outside – hot and nice looking on the inside.
Then the meals arrived and we both were less than satisfied. It must be cabbage season because my dish, the Twice-Cooked Pork, really should be whited out on the menu and renamed “Tons of Cabbage with Only Six Pieces of Pork”. Mark tried one piece, I had three and digging through the cabbage I only found a couple more bite size pieces. Mark ordered the Garlic Chicken and we swear it seemed like canned chicken. Neither of us finished even half of our meals.
The meal comes with dessert, but the waitress cleared the table and just dropped off the check. Yes, we got screwed the choice of ice cream, sherbet or pineapple chunks. Oh well, none of them sound really appealing after that meal. We paid, left and walked to McDonalds in the same parking lot.
Okay, now my disturbing part of the visit – the Raw Meat Pile. Personally, I love hamburgers, but really don’t want to know the process of how it’s made. Years ago, I read Upton Sinclair’s “The Jungle” and that was TMI for me. As I walked to their restroom tonight before leaving, I passed a table that had a huge pile of raw meat. Now today’s visit lasted 45 minutes and that whole time the waitress was in the back kitchen. So this pile of raw meat was sitting at room temperature, unattended, for close to an hour. I really think it was there for much longer. If you look closely at the photo, the meat was the stuffing for the wonton wrappers, and then the wontons were placed on an unlined service tray.
Yes, we now regret ordering the Wonton Soup. Sadly, I don’t think they’re really trying their hardest, so for us, there won’t be a another visit to Uncle KC’s.
- Tips on your next visit to Uncle KC’s:
- Skip the Wonton.
- Skip the meat dishes.
- Skip the dessert, not that we had a choice.
- Skip the restrooms and go at home.