Golden Coast Chinese restaurant, in the shopping center at Gorman Road and U.S. 1, has been celebrating its grand opening since it opened six months ago, says its owner, Joe Chen.
Golden Coast offers a variety of favorites, and with more than 150 items on the menu, there's something for everyone.
Among the appetizers are steamed or fried dumplings, barbecued spare ribs, shrimp toast, cold sesame noodles, crab Rangoon, Chinese doughnuts, and steak or chicken on a stick.
Like many other Chinese restaurants, Golden Coast offers a variety of soups, including won ton, hot and sour, chicken with corn, bean curd with mixed vegetables, and chicken vegetable.
Under "Our Chef's Special," entrees include Triple Delight (shrimp, sliced beef and chicken sauteed with mushrooms, bamboo shoots, broccoli and snow peas in a brown sauce), Mongolian Beef (sliced beef stir-fried with spring onions), Happy Family (lobster, sliced pork, jumbo shrimp, beef and chicken sauteed with vegetables in a brown sauce), and Dragon and Phoenix (hot and spicy shrimp with General Tso's chicken).
The restaurant offers a large variety of chicken entrees, including Curry Chicken, Chicken with String Beans, Pineapple Chicken and Hunan Chicken. Beef entrees include Beef with Broccoli, Beef with Black Bean Sauce and Beef with Hot Spicy Garlic Sauce.
If seafood is what you're looking for, there's Sha Cha Shrimp, Scallops with Mixed Vegetables, Shrimp with Lobster Sauce and Shrimp with Snow Peas, among others.
An extensive vegetarian menu is also available, including Bean Curd with Oyster Sauce, Double Cooked Tofu Szechuan Style, Steamed Tofu with Mixed Vegetables, Vegetarian Pan Fried Noodles, General Tso's Bean Curd and Broccoli with Oyster Sauce.
And, of course, there's vegetable, chicken, pork, beef or shrimp chow mein, egg foo young, fried rice, lo mein and mei fun (rice noodles).
Lunch specials are served between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. daily and include entrees such as Orange Chicken, Hot and Spicy Chicken, Sweet and Sour Pork and Pork Lo Mein.
And just in case not everyone is in the mood for Chinese food, Golden Coast offers hamburgers, fish filets, crab cakes, and cheese steaks in 6-inch or foot-long sub sandwiches.
Chen is happy with customers' response, which has been good.
"We're very busy, all the time," he said.
An interesting and prominent part of Golden Coast's decor confronts visitors as soon as they enter the restaurant, and is especially poignant this week. It's a picture of the World Trade Center towers, which immediately commands attention. As with most Americans, the events of September a year ago weigh heavily on the minds of owner Chen and the staff.
Where: 8851 Gorman Road, North Laurel; 301-776-1050.
Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; noon to 10 p.m. Sundays.
Prices: $5.95 to $10.95
Credit cards: American Express, Visa, MasterCard, Discover