May 31, 2012

Highway 95 Café

Lance Cpl. Sean Dennison
Desert Warrior Staff
Courtesy photo

Oh man. Highway 95 Café. Okay, here we go.

Growing up in a predominately Asian neighborhood, I got to acquire a taste for Oriental cuisine. After school hang outs were often filled with the aroma of rice bowls, barbeque pork, dumplings, pho soup or pad thai. Yah, yah, most of what we enjoy as Chinese food isn’t Chinese at all but bear with me.

Highway 95, a delicious Chinese/Thai fusion establishment,  takes me back to those warm, relaxed afternoons, as any good dish, I suppose, is wont to do with happy memories. I’ve been coming here for the last two years and trust when I say this is among Yuma’s top restaurants.

The appetizers are a bit pricey, but one bite off any of them and you won’t miss the spent dollars. High on my list of edible pleasures in Yuma are the fried potato puffs, crisp little morsels with filling that melts in your mouth. Level with yourself on how you approach your meal, because the puffs alone, along with the cheese wonton, are enough to fill you. Usually if I’m not feeling a full meal I’ll get an appetizer and a soda and call it a day.

Soda isn’t the only beverage they offer. Check out the Thai Ice Tea. It’s a love or hate it drink with a milky body and sweet, milky taste. It’s mandatory ordering whenever I eat there.

The menu has enough variety to satiate adventurous diners but is also familiar enough to not scare away potential patrons. There’s a vegetarian dish that boasts an impressive seafood platter, and the curry they use in most of the rice bowls leave one with a warm feeling in their throat. Spicy sauces abound in the more expensive dishes but are also on-call for your basic noodle and chicken plate.

A personal favorite is the Indian Mee Goreng, salty sweet noodles swirled in egg, chicken, potatoes, shrimp and vegetables. It’s the perfect compliment to a lazy Saturday afternoon.

Service wise, I’ve never had a problem. The staff is friendly and very courteous. If you enjoy small talk, though, go somewhere else. These people have one thing in mind only and that’s to get you your food. They’ve only messed up my order once and even that turned out to be a blessing in disguise; not only was my item tastier than what I had ordered, they wiped it off my check.

Speedy service, too, while we’re on the subject. Between finding parking and leaving engorged and happy, you’ve only used up about a half hour of your day.

Highway 95 Café or die.

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