Bites Nearby: Sesame Inn
Open sesame and bust a rut.
When was the last time you actually ate inside the Sesame Inn? Nibbling on one of their steamy, moist eggrolls while you wait for your takeout doesn’t count. Go in and sit with your family the next time you get a hankering for Sesame Inn’s consistently tasty Chinese and Thai selections. Not so fast though. Before you even dare order another plate of General Tso's chicken, try something new! I dare you! It’s all good, really and truly.
Service at this Peters locale (and the one in Mount Lebanon) is great. Don’t worry if the little ones chuck a bit of rice on the floor; they seem not to mind. Because the place is so convivial, people dining without children (read peaceful) will not be annoyed by any Muppet-sized cacophony.
The hustle and bustle of the friendly wait staff and the absurdly quick arrival of your food tempers the temper. I believe that Sesame Inn is consistently good, but I swear the food is much better when you are physically there. Portions seem larger and everything is much fresher. The atmosphere is anything but cheesy — it feels like a nice neighborhood place with a much larger menu.
On a chilly Tuesday night after trucking everyone to their respective lessons and duties, I decided this cook was getting out of the kitchen. Five of us sat for a leisurely meal — it was just right. Feeling adventurous, we switched it up. An order of walnut chicken, vegetable pad Thai, and beef and broccoli later, we were stuffed. I was pleasantly surprised by the chicken; I am not big on walnuts, but these were so integral to the chicken that any nuttiness, that may have been too much, blended wonderfully.
Aside from the Chinese-inspired décor and fun drinks like the Sake Martini, the place is reasonable. Dinner for five with two beers was $54. Not bad, considering it’s very easy to spend that much at McDonald's when the troops are starved. Sesame Inn has been a mainstay in the area for a long time and it should not be taken for granted. Treat yourself to someone else serving your Chinese food and take everyone out.