Thank God this place exists, or I'm convinced the Annapolis area would be devoid of a decent take-out place. There are a few dine-in restaurants here, but when it comes to strictly take-out, Hunan Express is legit. How legit? Let's put it this way: we moved away from the Crofton area in January and still get food from this place because in my opinion, it's worth the 30 minute drive. My wife and I order here all the time, and I'm just now reviewing them (because I had some Chinese food that was so bad I had to review it, and I need to cleanse my soul after writing a one-star review). Our typical order includes the kung pao chicken combination (with wonton soup, chicken fried rice, and an egg roll), orange or Hunan chicken, and some sort of shrimp item (usually lo mein or Singapore noodles). The food is delicious, the Hunan style cuisine is authentic as it gets, and the variety is enjoyable. The only complaints I may have about the food are minor: carrots and celery do not belong in kung pao chicken, there's not nearly enough meat in the hunan style dishes, and the orange chicken is often a bit too crunchy for the average human. Also, the lemon chicken and sweet and sour chicken are nothing to write home about: it's just deep fried balls of breaded chicken with some mediocre sauce to dip them in. But honestly, even with all the filler, the kung pao chicken dish contains so much meat, it's absurd to think that one person could ever eat it all in one sitting, especially with rice. The same could be said of the orange chicken, which has some excellent sauce. Their wonton soup is quite amazing, and it satisfies my picky wife (picky about soup, that is) and reminds her of our favorite soup restaurant in Hong Kong. One thing to note: if you're looking for spicy food, this is not your place. But I've also never asked them to kick it up a notch, so perhaps that could be arranged if a spicy dish is something you crave. Another great thing about this place is their prices. They are very reasonable, especially for the huge portion sizes, and their website boasts coupons that you can use every time you come in. Other perks include an intelligible and pleasant phone operator, a convenient web order form, and speedy service for such a busy restaurant. I'd recommend this place to anyone in the area.
Bud N. on Feb 12, 2012