1356 S State St, Salt Lake City, UT | Directions 8411540.740247 -111.888441
I've been going there since 1996 and
have really enjoyed their food (although they were closed for a while, I heard by the Health Dept). Anyway, I went there today with a friend. The friend remarked that the Shrimp Chow Mein hardly had any noodles, so I caught the servers attention and asked if we could get more noodles, because we thought there'd be more. She curtly said "You should have thought of that when you ordered," and walked away. We told the other server that we didn't mind paying more and could we get some.
We continued to eat and by the time we finished, no noodles came. The server brought our check and we asked if the noodles that we ordered were coming. She said "do you want it or not?" We said "it's not worth waiting for now," up to that point we had been polite (I'm usually pretty gregarious and smiling), but she just stormed away again. I went up to pay (cash, thankfully, I understand they can't be trusted with plastic) and sarcastically told her "I really appreciated your heartfelt apology," to which she mocked me like a 13-year-old "I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I'm sorry" in a sing song baby voice. UNBEFUCKINGLEAVIBLE.
They lost a loyal customer. I guess I should have stopped going there when a friend told me he found a cockroach in his food.
In 2009, being alone for Christmas and not wanting to prepare any food, I went to Little China. The dumplings were literally stone hard and dry. Later, when my bank statement came in I was charged for over $100.00 for a $20 meal. Unfortunately, there was nothing I could do to resolve the matter since I waited too long to discover the error. I went through the drive through, but even so, the overcharge seemed to be on purpose. They would not rectify the matter and denied any wrong doing. They were rude and ignored me and walked away or pretended not to understand. I guess all sales are final even when such a huge mistake happens. Beware overcharges especially during the holidays.
Never Again... Lost customers!. We've been patronizing Little World for 10+ years, today was the last time we'll ever step foot in that restaurant again. We were treated so horribly by the server, and then she started telling other employees and pointing her finger at us. We felt so uncomfortable and so unaccomodated by her rude demeanor. In today's economy every dollar counts for a business and Litle World will no longer receive our hard earmed dollars again.
Don't trust them. Went to the drive up window & placed an order. Gave the employee my debit card for payment. He passed the bag of food to me and the printed credit card receipt for me to sign. I signed the receipt & kept my copy returning the signed copy to him. As I was getting the bag of food settled I realized he had not returned my debit card to me. I walked inside to get my card & was treated as if I were a bother!! They glanced around for my card as they were taking phone calls & taking care of other customers. They were just going around me as if I were in the way. They would not stop & seriously look for my card. Finally one of the employees said to just leave my phone number & they will call if they find it. REALLY!!! do people really fall for this?? I went back out to my car and as I was sitting in front of their business I called & canceled my debit card. And needless to say I would not recommend this place to anyone.
Worse Than Ever.
It did get a little cleaner, but now it has added things in the food. There were 2 good size pieces of wood in my Chow Mein that I got from take out. If I had swallowed one of them, I would have choked. They looked like they came off a chopping block or a chopstick.
It was late and I live too far away to take them back, but I will never go there again.
Beef Chow Fun. Little World is definitely a hole in the wall restaurant! 90% of my three stars are given to the Beef Chow Fun they have. It is the best beef chow fun in SLC. However, the other dishes are just so-so. They are not very tasty as I wish. I would rather go to Ho Ho if I want some good Chinese food other than beef chow fun.
It's a small world after all. Although Little World does not appear to be the cleanest place around, it is most definately ethnic & resembles the Chinese culture. I am a Chinese myself, & although I have not been to China, I know how things get there & it is not always clean & pretty. There are some areas in Asia, believe it or not, that are as dirty as some places here in the U.S. so do not go & judge this place because it looks different to you. The food is amazing & just simply to die for. My family & I go there whenever we are all free. We go there at least 2 times, if not 3, in one month. This, we do not count weekdays for we only go on weekends. The service can sometimes send the wring message depending on the tone in their voices, or how they serve you, but hey they are working too, so give them a break. My family has come to know one of the waitors there pretty well & whenever we go there, he serves us very kindly, I cannot even explain. Try the different foods. You may not like them all, I myself do not either, but I guarantee you will enjoy most of it.
What happened??? They used to be good.. I remember when this place used to be a KFC then it became Little World. Heck I remember walking through the kitchen to get to the bathroom. That was before they were inspected as well as before I got a microbiology degree. Over a decade, perhaps even two, later I cannot believe that I may never visit my once favorite place for chinese food. The last three times I have eaten there I have been unimpressed and give them that one more chance. Well there are no more chances. 1st bad visit the pan fried noodle dish had more grease than noodles. I should have asked for some noodles with my grease, it was bad. Last week the 2nd bad visit. I ordered beef with snow peas and the brown sauce was burnt., It tasted like eating campfire smoke. The 3rd bad visit was the next day. I ordered sweet and sour shrimp in a deluxe combo with an egg roll, shrimp and fried wontons. These deep fried items were all lukewarm at best and well below the required holding temperature. I told them such and they got me a replacement which was probably the same old stuff that they threw in the hot oil for a minute. The shrimp that I had left over was tough and rubbery a mere five hours later and I threw it away. Disappointed. Now where do I go for decent chinese food? Davids Kitchen. I am asian, chinese/asian food is culture, is inherited, is in my blood. This place is being erased from my memory.
owner still from customers and employes. I went to have dinner I wasn't done eatting when a very rude woman who is the owner said very loud "you need to pay now" I hadded my credit card to her she brings it back with a total of $ 93.12 I ask her for a receipt she gaves me a mean look after 15 minutes she brings it and it has different prices and more food that I order so I go and ask her she tell me very mad "you have to pay taxes' I told her I don't think is $21 for taxes know she says 'i added money for tip" i told her you "can't do that I decide how much i want to leave not you and is not $18" and she said I will give you your money but you have to leave her the $18 for tip because I don't pay my waitters what you will gave her is the only money she makes" I can not belive this woman is the owner she stills from customers and from her employes is that legal to do? not to pay your employes? plus she also mention that her price in her menu always change when she wants to, the retaurant looks very durty their restroom is outside the restaurant and their waitters are very rude.
Real Chinese Food.
Despite the grimy interior of Little World, it is one of the better Chinese restaurants in Salt Lake City. I have been a patron of this place for many years and, have never been disappointed. Though the service at times is not perfect, the food makes up for it. The 'real' family meals, (the portion of the menu that does not include dishes such as Pon Pon Chicken or General Tsao Chicken) offers a wide variety of flavors, and all for an affordable price. The sizzling eggplant dish, the Chef Special Noodles are some of the great dishes offered at this fine establishment. Generally speaking the staff is friendly, if you ask for less salt in their cooking, they will do so.
Dishes to try include:
Beef Pan Noodles (Dry)! Simply one of the best noodle dishes Little World offers!
Eggplant & Shredded Pork Hotpot, is best when it comes out of the kitchen sizzling.
Chef Special Noodles, great noodle dish with seafood and good "wok hay" or aroma from the wok.
Braised Tofu and Vegetables is a delicious almost vegetarian dish.
Tucked away on State Street, this is restaurant is a hidden gem. It brings authentic Chinese food to the Salt Lake Valley.
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