Meet Hunan Style General Tso Chicken

Hunan Chinese Restaurant

Madras, Oregon

Location: 16 NE A St, Madras, OR 97741

Last year while on my way to relocating to Seattle I decided to stay the night at a charming B&B in downtown Camas, WA just across the Columbia River from Portland to break up the trip into 2 segments. I had thought about moving back to Seattle again earlier last spring to live with a friend of mine in Edmonds, WA. While in Camas I had a great dinner at a nearby Thai food restaurant on the tree lined streets of  downtown and then stopped a few doors down at Mill City Brew Werks for a few microbrews. Probably had few too many beers but my room was just a 2 minute walk and up a few flights of stairs. I woke up early the next day and something told me that relocating to Seattle at that time wasn’t right. I decided that my finances needed to be a little better and then I would try again later. I usually travel I-84 on the way back to Boise but wanted to detour to try something different and do some exploring. Taking a quick look at Google Maps I decided to take Highway 20 south from Hood River, OR and then head down towards Bend, Oregon. Madraswhich is just north of Bend, Oregon was the place that I ended up booking a room at to break up the return trip.

Hunan Chinese Restaurant - General Tso Chicken
Hunan Chinese Restaurant – General Tso Chicken

I checked into my hotel and rested for awhile before getting on Google to find out what restaurants this town just over 6,000 of had. I had good Mexican food on my mind which is funny because Taco Bell (not real Mexican food) was just across the road and I could see it from my room. I ended up on one of the local chat apps and was recommended a restaurant nearby. Even though this was a small town and I had my Google Maps I still had a hard time finding this place. By the time I found the place it was closing and only available for takeout so I ended up heading out the door to continue my search. Heading back down a one-way street I ended up seeing a Chinese food place and parked the car.

There was nothing fancy but it wasn’t a dive either and I was hungry, somewhat tired and just wanting to eat. It didn’t take me that long to figure out what I wanted because my favorite Chinese dish is General Tso’s chicken. It didn’t take me long to get my dish and noticed that it wasn’t breaded like your typical General Tso chicken. Which I didn’t mind because it just adds more calories to the dish and my first time trying it like that. It actually was some of the best that I’ve had and was such a large portion I ended up taking back leftovers to my room. I would definitely go back to this place the next time my travels take me through Madras Oregon.

Hunan Chienese Madras Oregon Street View
Located in Madras, Oregon of Highway 97 N.

Don’t forget to check out Smith Rock and nearby Prineville while in Madras. Smith Rock is an amazing rock formation and said the be the birthplace of U.S. sport climbing in 1986, and Prineville is where one of Facebook’s largest data centers is located. Here’s another article on the Prineville Data Center and some of the stats on power use and the expansion.

Safe Travels!
Dennis

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