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  • Jay P.

    On a random Sunday a friend and I decided to come out here to try it, just to see if it should be rated so high. Sadly, I didn't understand what people were raving so much about. It's like they've never had actual authentic Chinese food. The Chinese food here is literally what you can find at Panda Express, no offense to the owners here, they food was fine and I wasn't expecting anything to make me want to come back, but at least the service was nice. I came in, the owner greeted me behind the grill/stove, and told us we could sit anywhere we wanted and if we were of age we could've sat in the bar. We decided to see what the bar was like, and it was too rowdy so we came back to the restaurant side. Both sides are about the same, except the bar side has a full bar which you can order from. The restaurant side, has a few games you can play, look like they've seen better days also, just like the whole place here could use a new makeover. But hey, it makes it look more divey! Upon order we looked over the menu a few times, they even have a happy hour menu from 4pm-6pm with few things at $4 and a few drinks for cheap too. The first page is breakfast, the middle two pages are all american food, and other random things such as pizza also. Lastly on the back page is a few Chinese dishes which didn't stand out that much to me in this type of setting. Nonetheless I ordered a chicken fried rice and also a chicken chow mien because of one of the recent reviews that gave it 4 stars. The order took a few minutes to complete maybe because there was literally no body that ordered food, and on the bar side were just people drinking and being loud. The food came out, it tasted fine. Nothing was too outstanding, usually to gauge a chef's skill in Chinese food, you start with the basics; fried rice, and this fried rice didn't stand out sadly. The chow mien wasn't that memorable either sadly. Next time if I do come back I'll try something other than the Chinese food, but for now I don't understand why Decoy happens to be rated so high, there are much better places for Chinese food if you want to travel a little bit, but maybe not in Linnton.

    (2)
  • Sabrina M.

    Me and my boyfriend shared the seafood platter and deep fried mushrooms. It was your typical bar food. We played Keno while we were waiting and won $4! Woooo! There was a dude behind us that had a few too many drinks and would not stop talking about sex. And he was being pretty vulgar. It looked like he was friends with the bartenders and they really should have asked him to keep it down. It was pretty distracting listening to this guy talk about his size while I was trying to enjoy dinner with my boyfriend. The staff was friendly and helpful. The menu is pretty big. They have American and Chinese food. I had a good experience, but I will not go out of my way to go back.

    (3)
  • Missy R.

    Get the mandarin chicken, get the mandarin chicken......omg. its a mouthgasim. Best thing i have ever put in my mouth and believe me i have put a lot in my mouth. The potsickers are HUGE, hand stuffed and pan fried until golden......im drooling right now. I have been here twice both times I have had two different female bartenders and they are very sweet. some of the older gentlemen locals are kinda rude to the girls and they dont even bat an eye......good for them. I want to eat here everyday if only i didnt live that far from it.

    (5)
  • Annie C.

    I still love this place, I call and get takeout every couple weeks. Great Chinese food and nice customer service.

    (5)
  • DeAndra R.

    5stars for food and that's why I come back... The service HOWEVER leaves A LOT to be desired. We get the the WORST service here- no please thank yous, its a special day if you actually get a spoon to stir your coffee! Side of sassy served with an extra large portion of "here's your sign".

    (5)
  • Tertiary D.

    Awesome chicken chow mein. Great fish n chips. Courteous. I liked it.

    (4)
  • Andy K.

    Today I wanted to try something new and after yelping a little, I chose Decoy since it had good reviews.. When i got there it seemed pretty empty. Just one couple there on my side and a party of few people in the other room (i think thats their barroom).. I looked at the menu. They had a mix of American food but also asian menu on the last page (I had come there thinking it wasa Chinese restaurant). I got garlic chicken. It was breaded and fried unlike the garlic chicken I have had at other places. It tasted good though. The reason for my low ratings was the service. The restaurant was not that full yet the service was really impersonal. The waitress seemed to be in a hurry. Another person meanwhile tended to me couple of time when she saw me waiting. It maybe that they are more attentive to their regular customers rather than those that just happen to drop by randomly...

    (2)
  • R W.

    Since the old Decoy only has eleven other reviews, after a million years in business, I will give it a go. This is by far, the best Chinese food in Linnton. The only other current option being what's offered at Seven Eleven. The salt and pepper prawns are very tasty, and probably the best bet on the Chinese menu, since everything on it is super salty anyway. The breakfast menu is hardy and cooked absolutely correctly. The fries are crinkle cut (Sysco, I assume) and do the job. There is a bar side and legit restaurant side with booths and table service. This place has an odd mix of regulars, who aren't always that friendly, and people who are passing through on Highway 30 and decided to take a chance and stop. The vibe is not that fun to me. Frankly, some of the women that work here are prickly cranks, and avoiding that has left me passing up the Decoy. Half the time the women working there (always different ones, every time I go) have been very nice. Also, for the atmosphere, it isn't that cheap. It is clean enough and they have new signs which are pretty; decoy ducks at dawn. As I write this final paragraph, I think I know why there are only eleven reviews of the Decoy.

    (3)
  • Holy-foo' X.

    I can't believe I neglected to talk about Peter's recipes and "ancient Chinese Secrets" he brought back with him from the motherland (Peter immigrated legally to the US from mainland China years ago) in my original review. Golly Jeepers this man's Gung-Fu is strong! I particularly recommend his Egg Foo Yung (smothered in gravy!), Shrimp Fried Rice, and Salt 'n' Pepper squid (one of the very few Chinese places to offer this divinity to the masses-S/P squid. You can thank me--or more appropriately, Peter later). The portions are insanely enormous--- you can feed several people with one serving, or be assured plentiful leftovers. The prices are super cheap, and the service is always friendly and prompt, every time. Good luck finding Chinese half this good for 10 miles in any direction...

    (5)
  • Lauren A.

    When we walked into the bar, it was on fire. Literally. The bartender drew a name in alcohol and lit it on fire on top of the bar. What!?! That's the first time I'd seen that. I had kung pao shrimp and my husband had pizza. I liked his pizza. I enjoyed my Kung pao shrimp - it had great flavor, but was ovall quite salty. The rice helped balance out the sodium, but I was drinking a ton of water throughout dinner and afterwards.

    (4)
  • Maggie B.

    We tried this place for the first time due to all the good reviews of the joint. We were not that impressed. The booth we sat at had a freezing cold draft coming from underneath it that chilled us both. I got a french dip to help warm me up, and my husband got mongolian beef. When it arrived my bread had moldy spots on top of it which they gladly exchanged for non moldy spotted bread (they said it was a new package......) My husbands meal was alright, he wished it came with pork friend rice or something besides just plain white rice. We were not overly impressed with the joint and probably wont be making more stops to grab a bite on our way home. They did however give us a break on our tab for the moldy bread which was fair to us. Seems like a great spot for the locals.

    (3)
  • Kristin C.

    This is my favorite dive bar that just happens to have awesome Chinese food! Whenever they have live music it is always a blast. Their pizza is super tasty as well. I could probably eat my own body weight in their pot stickers appetizers, just sayin!

    (5)
  • Sunny K.

    One of my favs for breakfast, haven't been there at night. The drinks are pretty strong and reasonably priced. I always get the same waitress and she is very nice, I will be coming back for sure. Just wish they'd stay open later during the week.

    (5)
  • Jimmy G.

    If you're in the area of Decoy & in need of a food fix, you should be safe here. Not gourmet, but just well-prepared & tasty food at a reasonable price. I'm even tempted to try their Asian menu (Which I usually avoid at such obviously "Western" appearing establishments).

    (4)
  • Brian D.

    7/2011 Update - I'm down-grading my review to 3 stars. For the umteenth time our appetizer (excellent pan-fried dumplings) shows up after we get our entree. We ordered them first thing when we sat down. We waited to order our entrees. Come on! Then there's a reaction of surprise when we don't want them and no apology. I'm sorry...get your act together! We wouldn't be going back for at least 6 months. I used to date someone in Scappoose and drove past this place every weekend. I'd see the sign for Prime Rib and wonder if it was good or not. About a year ago I got to try it and thankfully, it was, but that isn't why I went back. They serve Chinese, (it's what my bf at the time ordered). What a surprise! This place is located in a very blue-collar community, next to a hard-core industrial complex, the place drips of hard work and meat and potatoes, and low and behold it's owners are an Asian couple. Who would guess that you can get great Chinese food in a dive bar in Linnton? Hurray for the diversity of this fine city!!!!! On the back page of the menu is a small list of Chinese items, about 5 appetizers and 5 main dishes. We had pot stickers, General Tsao's Chicken and Kung Pao Chicken. Excellent!! The decor is typical dive bar and the wait staff was not very enthusiastic but if you're looking for good, cheap Chinese food near St. Johns, just cross over the bridge and head west on Hwy 30 for about a mile. So much better then the other 2 Chinese places on Lombard.

    (3)
  • Susan L.

    I'm guessing some of these less than positive reviews must be old. We go to the Decoy almost weekly and are always very happy. Chinese food is the best, the service is great and we are never disappointed. Plus its one of the best places to have booze and play Keno with breakfast. Who doesn't love that?

    (4)
  • Jen M.

    Yum! Best random Chinese food I've had in Portland. A friend recommended it and we went on the way back from Sauvie Island. The bar side is more fun, FYI- try the garlic chicken, split noodle dishes they are huge.

    (5)
  • Jav V.

    I thought this place would be a bust, but I really liked it and I'll definitely go back. The service was great. They have decent, but not great beers. The best part was the Chinese food. It was so good! The decor is not really my style at all, but I can look past that.

    (4)
  • Andy C.

    Great place to stop on your way out/in to town on Hwy 30. Great waitstaff. Food is inexpense and average tasting. Taco Tuesday is an absolute steal at 2 taco's for $2. Good pizza on pizza night. Good breakfast. Owner has cleaned the place up quite a bit (new carpet, seats). I wish he would tone down on all the beer posters because they take away the charm of the place.

    (4)
  • michael k.

    This is a place that somebody tells you about or you would have never gone there. That's exactly what happened to me. I asked the person I was meeting up in that hood, whats to eat around here? She smiles and says, there's a guy down the street that studied cooking in China. Hello you got my attention Yep she says serves regular bar food, but his Chinese dishes(as she nods) mmm. I have traveled past it many times on my way to & from Sauvie Island, and been hungry. Never noticed it, and could miss it if you know where its at too. Walk in and yep it's a dive bar(but clean), so I will eat. There is just a handful of choices, but enough to cure my jones. I got the Kung Pao Chicken. Chicken was moist and tender, and had flavor. Not like that stuff you eat and say"is that chicken, I can't tell". Chicken that taste like chicken..hmm. Even the white rice( as boring as it is), was perfectly cooked. I mean perfect. And again it had flavor(unlike UBs), like rice. After tip it was $7. Heck yeah, and it was good and authentic. As i was leaving, I saw the chef/owner in the parking lot. He say's thank you and I to him in Chinese. You speak Chinese? No just a few words I say. He grabs my hand in a most gentle way, like a Buddhist Monk might. And asks what did i have and did I like it. All while looking me in the eye with care. And it was not freaky like you might think. He cares and you can tell that by his food. I will never have to wait to eat again on my way home from the Island.

    (4)
  • Keiko-Anton S.

    OMG! you guys save me when I need great food! Been 4 years and this is still my fav place to go! Love everyone who works here and they have been doing music(Jawbone flats, i think) amazing. There is something here for everyone unless you hate good food and great people:) See you sunday for some pasta and homemade meatballs! Unless Charles made more Lasagna.........

    (5)
  • D M.

    This place and the place that was next to it used to be a staple back in the day. Many pints were consumed at this place, it was an OK place close to work and wasn't very expensive.

    (3)
  • Jasen A.

    I would highly recommend this place!! I go here for lunch all the time. The chinese food is awesome.. I would personally reccomend the Sesame Chicken. The wait staff here are great and friendly! The owner is all ways quick to say Hi and you can tell he works hard at what he does. you would think that with the ecclectic menu they have (taco's to chinese) that nothing would be spectacular and everything just so so, that is not the case here!! Give this place a try! you will not regret it.

    (5)
  • Steve S.

    Took the family out for dinner on a Saturday eavening. I prefer to patronize local business but this one was a mistake. The service was mediocre, the atmosphere was industrial and the Prime Rib was Choice grade. Tough and stringy. I read the previous reviews here before going and want to warn you not to trust them. PS, the place was empty, so evidently everyone else in the neighborhood knows.

    (2)

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Opening Hours

  • Mon :9:00 am - 10:00pm

Specialities

  • Takes Reservations : No
    Delivery : No
    Take-out : Yes
    Accepts Credit Cards : Yes
    Good For : Lunch, Dinner
    Parking : Street, Private Lot
    Bike Parking : No
    Wheelchair Accessible : Yes
    Good for Kids : No
    Good for Groups : Yes
    Attire : Casual
    Ambience : Divey
    Noise Level : Average
    Alcohol : Full Bar
    Outdoor Seating : No
    Wi-Fi : No
    Has TV : Yes
    Waiter Service : Yes
    Caters : No

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Chinese Cuisine

The popularity of Chinese food in America can be adjudicated by the appearance of China Town in many major cities in the United State of America. The popular trend of ordering or opting for Chinese take away food isn't unknown in America. Chinese take away food comes to rescue when you're too tired from work or too exhausted to cook. No one can resist the temptation of eating spicy noodles, shrimp, chicken, beef or pork cooked in the sweet and spicy sauce. The cooking method of authentic Chinese food is a lot different compared to what is served in America.

Generally, Chinese use dark meat small bones and organs to cook dishes but this changes when you are eating American-Chinese fusion food prepared using white boneless meat cooked with broccoli, carrots and onions. Back in China, the food is less spicy and oily as they favor steaming and braising method for cooking the most popular dishes. So, if you have a taste for authentic Chinese food, then try finding a real Chinese restaurant in the city. You can also try the most popular fusion Chinese food like Pecking Duck, Chicken Feet, Hot Pot, Shrimp Dumpling Soup, Mapo Tofu, Wontons, Chop Suey, Egg Rolls and not to forget Fortune Cookies.

There are not many restaurants in America serving authentic Chinese food. A little research on Restaurant Listings directory can help you locate the best Chinese restaurants in the city. Chinese cuisine is continuously evolving, and you can find a variety of dishes categorized as the food for lactose intolerant, gluten intolerant, vegan, vegetarian, and diabetic friendly. So, if you have a group of friends with different taste patterns, save the hassle and visit the nearest Chinese restaurant in your city.

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