The perfect workday is a picture of productivity punctuated by a lunch that gets you out of of the office, preferably for an extended period of time. The reality of the workday is a series of fire drills and meetings that leave you pressed for time when lunch rolls around.
Sure, you can peruse the heat-lamp warmed options in the cafeteria for sustenance or perhaps punch your favorite number into a vending machine. Or you can opt to reclaim a part of your day by tracking down takeout from Lemay Wok, purveyors of Chinese-American food so good it will have your cube-mates calling dibs on your leftovers in the office fridge.
It takes only a visit or two to Lemay Wok to be recognized and welcomed as a regular before being shown the daily specials, offered as an affordable lunch combination with soup, fried rice and the ubiquitous crab rangoon for dining in or as an entrée ample enough to share with a friend and a side of white rice. Either option is a perfect introduction to a menu of familiar dishes prepared in a manner that highlights the difference fresh ingredients make in Chinese-American cooking.
If the special is not up your alley, belly up to a bowl of hot and sour soup, a pleasantly thick broth with bamboo shoots, mushrooms, white pepper, firm tofu and thinly sliced scallion. This soup is available as part of the list of lunch combinations, or to pre-game an order of General Tso's chicken with shockingly large sections of fresh dark and white chicken that are battered, fried and dressed in a spicy sauce of soy sauce, vinegar, sesame oil, chili pepper and orange.
Service is exceedingly friendly, quick and attentive for dining in or take out. Of note, diners should be mindful of Lemay Wok's frustrating policy of not accepting credit or debit cards for bills under $10; a relatively small drawback to an otherwise excellent lunch find in South County.
Lemay Wok, 4530 Lemay Ferry Road, South County, 314.487.8834