Best Asian restaurant

June 14, 2013 

GOLDEN STAR

1142 N. Orchard St., Boise, 336-0191, facebook.com

Consistent service and a familiar menu have kept Golden Star a repeat favorite for Treasure Valley diners.

Founded by four Chinese immigrants - Larry and Shirley Louie and Susie and Shak Lee - the restaurant is two years shy of marking a half-century on the Boise Bench. Shak Lee has since passed away, but the other three remain involved.

"When we first came, (Orchard) from Franklin on was just a dirt road," Larry said.

With so much history, the restaurant has earned an established fan base that it pleases with a mix of regular meals and rotating house specials. A recent day featured chow mein with Mandarin chicken and an egg roll.

Larry Louie believes Golden Star's success is due to three key priorities: great ingredients, reasonable prices and a focus on customer service.

"And that makes people happy," he said. "I think that's most important to bring them back."

HONORABLE MENTIONS

• P.F. Chang's China Bistro, 391 S. 8th St., Boise, 342-8100, pfchangs.com

• Yen Ching, 305 N. 9th St., Boise, 384-0384, yenchingboise.com

• Sa-wad-dee Thai Restaurant, 1890 E. Fairview Ave., Meridian, 884-0701, sawaddeethai.com

• Mai Thai, 750 W. Idaho St., Boise, 344-8424, maithaigroup.com

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