Li Li Wok, situated at the busy intersection of Admiral Street and Douglas Avenue, is about the exact opposite of every virtue I extolled in my previous review of the Phoenix Dragon, perhaps 2 miles away.
Standing between the line of bars favored by the Providence College crowds and the ‘long walk home’, up Admiral Street back to the dorms and ersatz housing, this place lives on take-out and delivery. With a less than stellar pizza shop right next door (said pizza shop did just change hands- that may no longer be the case), it’s not a surprise to see a pretty brisk business in cheap, filling, often greasy takeaway.
Having lived just down the street for a while, I had ample opportunity to watch the flow of traffic to and from the restaurant, and on perhaps too many occasions indulged in a couple carboard Kari-Out containers of Chinese takeout.
And take me out it certainly did.
Soggy, leather-skinned steamed dumplings, lo mein and chow mein that might be flavorful were it not so greasy as to require a steel-lined stomach. Fried rice that crunches on top and mushes on the bottom. And the list goes on. Every time I ate there, my insides hated me for it. Alas, late at night on my way home from work, it somehow managed to look appealing time and again.
When all you really want is fuel for your body before you go to bed, this place, and others like it, is where you go. It’s not worth traveling for- even a few blocks out of the way. They’re cheap, they deliver, and they’re fast, but they’re lousy- and I doubt they’ll change that any time soon, unless business dries up overnight.
No fault on their part for knowing their audience, but that’s all the establishment does. Unless you’re stumbling home from a long night at the college friendly bars, give this place a miss. Your guts will be grateful.