There’s a group on Facebook called You Know You’re From Lowell When . . . and it currently has 5308 members who post regularly about life in Lowell in the not-to-distant past. This Saturday, I tossed out a relatively innocuous observation about the Lowell tradition of eating Chinese food on New Years’ Eve and invited folks to share the name of their favorite Chinese restaurant. The thread now has more than 70 replies and continues to grow.
While many of the comments don’t name particular establishments and quite a few poke fun of my misspelling of “Chinese food” as “Chinese foot” – can anyone teach me how to edit a Facebook post? – some trends were apparent:
Many miss “the old Cathay Garden”
Dracut’s Lo Kai got 4 positive comments and 5 negative ones
The Jade East (is it still open?) received 4 positive mentions
Gold Star in Oakland Square was liked by 3 respondents
Wah Sang on Chelmsford St, Wu loo Ming in Billerica, Green Bamboo in Kearney Square and China Star on Broadway all got 2 mentions
Those mentioned once include Chop Sticks Express on River Rd, Lin Garden, Cathay Wok on Bridge St and Feng Shui on Rte 110 in Chelmsford