John's Restaurant Chinese Cuisine Keizer

Locals can always tell you where to get the best chow in town. When people first started to mention that there was a great Chinese restaurant named John's, located in a strip mall in Keizer, I was in disbelief. But the readers here insisted and as soon as I found myself in Keizer during lunch, I found myself in John's. Inside, not much attention is payed to decor, it's clean with soft comfortable booths. Up on a front wall, they proudly display a positive review from the Statesman Journal a few years old. Service comes quicker than you can decide what to eat from their lunch menu, which is filled with items no higher than $7 and as low as $5.25 for a combo of chow mein, fried rice and sweet and sour pork served with soup. For $5.95 I ordered the Kung Pao Beef with steamed rice and egg flower soup. The Kung Pao was huge, piled high and almost pouring over the side of the plate. It was also hot and fresh and made with tender chunks of steak. Yummy. The special dinner menu is also very reasonable with options as low as $6 and maxing out at $9. Ala carte entree's range from $7.25 to $10.95.

4842 River Rd. North
503-393-1190

16 comments:

jeff said...

I've consistently heard good things about John's. Now I'm in Stayton though, there is good Chinese a heck of a lot closer.

mama2dylan said...

What other stores are in the strip mall or what is the cross street?
Thanks!

KandN said...

It's half way between Dearborn and Churchdale/James. I can see a Jiffylube beside the stripmall on google street view, but I can't make out the signs on the mall itself.

Anonymous said...

It's in the same strip mall as Porter's Pub- on the east side of River Rd., just north of Dearborn.

Anonymous said...

Very very good food. I travel over their and eat about once a week. I have my specials that I like, kung pao tofu, teriyaki chicken, any beef dish is good. Curry chicken is great. I have tried almost everything on the menu and I have to say it is all very good. I recently tried the special chow mein which has a different noodle with bbq pork and shrimp. I pull the shrimp out and give them to my girlfriend. This special chow mein is more authentic chinese style then the rest, even though they dont advertise it. I would give the place an A+++ if you know anybody who is very picky about their chinese food this is the place to take them. Excellent food and service gets packed near dinner time on thur-sat. If you havent tried this place its worth the trip to Keizer.

Anonymous said...

We ate some vegetarian dishes and weren't really that excited about it. This was about 3 years ago, so maybe we'll try them again. I do remember them being cheap. Another cheap Chinese place in Keizer is close to there - a tall building. It's decent.

Anonymous said...

love the spice green bean beef, and the won ton soup. One of the few places that offer pork buns in salem. Best of all you can call you order ahead of time and they have a drive thru window. Comparable to the chinese food that I have when I go to San Fransisco. That is saying alot about John's this is the place to go to.

Anonymous said...

Just tried the special chow mein with beef instead of shrimp. The beef was tender and mouthwatering. I ate all of the beef before I even got to the rest of the dish. I even had enough for lunch the next day. This place gets two thumbs up.

Anonymous said...

I got the regular size meal of the spicy mushroom chicken to go at dinner. I always order it off the dinner special menu. The regular one was twice as big. I ate a plate and a half and still had enough for a nice size lunch to bring to work. I love the fresh mushrooms and the rest of the fresh ingrediants they use. I drive across town almost every week to eat here. Definetly better than anything Ive had at Kwans

Anonymous said...

I decided to try John's out after reading the reviews. My standard meal for Chinese restaurants is General Tso's chicken, largely because if they are going to skimp on quality, this is the meal they usually do it on. You get a lot of food for the price, and the flavor of the sauce was probably the best I've had in Salem, however the chicken was a partially processed and more breading than what I think was chicken. So, given that the meat quality is most important quality when I try Chinese, I must continue my search for a decent General Tso's.

Anonymous said...

I think this place is easily the best Chinese food that we have had in quite a number of years... Nicely priced, beautifully served, and perfectly delicious!

Anonymous said...

Anybody that knows what good chinese food is supposed to taste like???, really needs to try this place. No need to drive all the way to Portland to get decent chinese food anymore!! My vote for best Chinese food in Salem

Anonymous said...

Didn't stay long enough to eat the food because the customer service was horrible, actually they were down right rude!

Anonymous said...

very friendly place. very fresh food. great noodles. I love noodles

Chuck Bradley said...

Popped in for lunch today. The food was still A+ (I had General Tao Chicken and Pork Fried Rice with Egg Roll), but my server bordered on high pressure in trying to get me to hurry my order. She apparently thought I was taking too long with the menu. She approached me three times before I was ready. Her manner was a little brusque. (I will say that due to cultural differences, I've gotten this impression in the past when it may not have been intended.) I confess, I sometimes linger over a menu. She was not the server Carol and I had last time we were here who was quite delightful.

Chuck Bradley said...

She who must be obeyed and I had lunch at John’s today. They have a senior menu of items from which one may choose any two for only $4.95! These are not dainty portions folks. In fact, we’re looking forward to finishing them tonight for dinner. I ordered Sweet and Sour Chicken. (A previous post mentions “partially processed chicken”. I have never found this to be the case here.) It was all breast meat, Tempura battered, quick deep fried, crisp and light. Yum! My bride had Egg Fu Yung and we both had Pork Fried Rice. All good! The reviewer’s comment about the Hot and Sour soup is still relevant. (Best H&S Soup in town: Gold Dragon on Commercial ST SE) It lacked zip. Others have commented about the surliness of the service they experienced. There is one server who would be better employed as a taste tester at a lemon processing plant. She’s not hard to spot and if I ever draw her again, I will ask to be seated at another server’s station. They need to replace her. The young lady who served us today was very gracious and pleasant. John’s is still our favorite Chinese place in the mid-valley.