Gene's Chinese Flatbread Cafe

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Gene's Chinese Flatbread Cafe
Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Charlene McBride Gene's Chinese Flatbread Cafe

Good luck snagging a lunchtime seat at this scruffy, 20-seat cash-only noodle house. Office workers in shirtsleeves rub elbows with hoodie-clad students as they tuck into steaming bowls of spicy soup and dishes starring hand-pulled flour noodles smacked into shape on the premises. Carnivores have plenty of choices, such as the stellar cumin-lamb noodles and the namesake pork or beef flatbread sandwiches, a staple food in the owner’s Western Chinese region of Xi’an; there are limited options for vegetarians beyond a Saturday-only special of chilled noodles with cilantro and bean sprouts. Though a wait is inevitable, take heart: The line tends to go at a clip since most people take out.


Venue name: Gene's Chinese Flatbread Cafe
Address: 86 Bedford St

Cross street: at Kingston St
Opening hours: Mon–Fri 11am–6:30pm, Sat 11:30am–7pm
Transport: Red line or Orange line to Downtown Crossing; Orange line to Chinatown
Price: Main courses $4–$11. Cash only
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