Charlie Hong Kong

  • Veg-options Veg-options
    ( 9 reviews )

1141 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, California, USA, 95060

Serves meat, vegan options available. Asian fast food restaurant with a mostly veggie menu, labeled. Uses some organic ingredients. Open Mon-Sun 11:00am-11:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Chinese, Thai, Fast food, Beer/Wine, Take-out, Asian, Non-veg

9 Reviews

First Review by Delmar831

amazing - Edit

So yummy. Love the vegan options!

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

So yummy, and such great service - Edit

We had the Gado Gado, the Garlic Tofu Sandwich, and the Fresh Salad rolls. The Gado Gado is freakin amazing. It has a yummy black bean sauce and peanut sauce, on seasonal, local, sauteed veggies and comes with Jasmine rice. I think they make it low sodium, which is wonderful. I grabbed a little bit of the garlic chili sauce to go, too... theres also hoisin sauce to go. We called in, for takeout, cuz seating is limited, and the line can get long, there.. but they make pickups very easy, by setting up a seperate station for takeout orders.

Pros: Super delicious and unique combinations of flavors

Cons: Expect a wait during typical meal times, and limit

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

Not very flavorful, found meat in food - Edit

In the past I liked Charlie Hong Kong a bit more. They always give big portions for cheap. This time I got the Chow Mein with tofu, listed on the vegan section of the menu. Near the bottom of the bowl I found a hunk of meat, so beware about cross-contamination if that's something you care strongly about. I also found that my noodles needed more salt, or just more flavor in general. I had to add some sauce and salt at home. I would probably no longer recommend this place to a friend.

Pros: big portions , cheap, friendly staff

Cons: cross contamination , flavor

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

Tasty food - Edit

I enjoy Charlie Hong Kong's. I regularly get take-out to bring home as the seating is limited. There are a few indoor seats around the window with stools but the rest of the seating is more outdoors (even though it is enclosed).

I like the Spicy Dan Noodles although I never find them spicy. This dish has a combination of egg-free noodles with a good amount of fresh veggies. The Gado Gado is another favorite. It's always hard to choose which one I want.

The restaurant is vegan-friendly with many different choices.

Pros: good # of choices, inexpensive, separate line to pick up take-out orders

Cons: limited seating

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

Reviewer Avatar

  Contributions +285

Not that great. - Edit

First off, let me say - I am a vegan food snob. That being said, I've been to Charlie Honk Kongs a half dozen times, each time with lower expectations than the last, and each time I was disappointed. First off, the food isn't great, but it's not bad either. It actually did remind me a lot of the crappy noodle stands you find all over the coast in tourist places throughout Thailand. Like those places, your vegan options are very limited, and even those could be better cooked. Veggies were always greasy and usually over steamed(or stirfried), and the tofu(one of the only meat alternatives for vegans) was barely cooked, lacking in flavor. I always get a bit peeved when I go to a restaurant where meat eaters have 4 to 6 ormore main dish options and I have 1.
All in all, I would not recomend this place, not when there are a half dozen better options in Santa Cruz for similar style foods. But, like I said, I am a vegan food snob.
Updated from previous review on Wednesday December 29, 2010

Pros: Has a tofu option.

Cons: Not many vegan options., Quality of food prep not the greatest., Lots of meat options.

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

Reviewer Avatar
Mostly Vegetarian

  Contributions +32

Super casual, great food - Edit

Stand in line, and when your number is called be prepared for a treat: real fresh veggies (kale, other greens) mixed in with spicy sauces atop brown rice or noodles. Fresh springrolls worth driving for.
Now zip up your parka,sit down at one of the communally shared outside picnic tables,say hi to your new neighbors, & bask under the heatlamps as you savor your meal.

Pros: excellent food, funky ambience, consistent quality

Cons: chilly seating area, You are a number, not a name

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

tasty, cheap, friendly - Edit

loved the quick, scrappy ambiance here--lots of counters, casual energy, great place to go alone. Also, I loved the mysteriously swirly (smoked?) thinly-sliced tofu that came on top of my chili noodle salad. However, that dish overall didn't satisfy me; the dressing was kind of unbalanced in the direction of chili and citrus. So I ordered another dish, and it was out of this world: Indonesian Gado Gado. A rich, black bean/peanut sauce on top of some amazing seasonal vegetables (chard and mushrooms predominated) with brown rice. Damn, they nailed that dish--go and try it!

Pros: dirt cheap, amazing Gado Gado, good energy

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

Not great - Edit

Not very vegan-friendly and the food was not great. I asked for a dish without chicken and they still put chicken in it.
Very small with limited and only outdoor seating (chilly at night). But the food is cheap, and the place is open until 11pm.

I've not felt the need to return.

Pros: Cheap, Open late

Cons: Not tasty, Small, Poor service

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

Good Vegan Options - Edit

I love that you can add and substitute items to any dish. Good atmosphere and good prices.

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

Link to this page from your site. .
Return to Santa Cruz Vegetarian Restaurants & Health Food Store Listings
Business Owners, if you see an unfair review, read this.
Why was my review removed? - details / Review guidelines
Reviews are not endorsed by HappyCow - review terms
Has Charlie Hong Kong closed, shut down, moved, or changed? Please use the Update Form.
This page has been viewed 1763 times.

Keep HappyCow Growing Strong!

I would like to support