Craig LaBan review: Tasty Place in Chinatown

Posted on Sunday, Jun 24, 2012
To many people walking through Chinatown, the dank gray staircase descending into the earth beside the parking structure at 11th and Race Streets is not exactly an enticing invitation to lunch. Unless they know about Tasty Place. Framed by a grimy yellow awning and fingerprinted glass doors, this corridor is mostly known by savvy shoppers as the passage down to Asia Market (inside the "Chinatown Mall"), a sprawling subterranean emporium where fridge cases are brimming with exotic greens, multiple kinds of tripe, chicken feet and black-skinned chickens for soup, and a seafood counter fronted by bins of writhing eels, snapping crabs, and a grid-covered cage of still-croaking frogs.