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University Place residents looking for the perfect blend of Chinese food for an American palate can check out Charles and Terry Gourmet Chinese, a brand new restaurant located at 1905 Bridgeport Way.
The restaurant’s bright and cheery venue is perfect for the type of food Charles and Terry’s provides.
“We want to shoot for something different, something modern. Our design is not something I would say is old, but definitely brighter, a more modern kind of look,” owner Brandon Lee said.
Lee started the restaurant with his brother, Jason, with the idea of bringing quick service gourmet Chinese food to the area. The name of the restaurant comes from Jason’s children.
“Our definition of gourmet is we make everything from scratch. We order raw materials, prep them, cut them, and bread them. We cut fresh vegetables and we make our own sauce. None of it comes processed, and none of it comes in a bag we slice open and dump in a jar. It’s all very raw materials that we use,” Lee said.
Charles and Terry’s matches this gourmet experience with short wait times. Their focus is on takeout, and allowing buyers to get in and out as quickly as possible without sacrificing the quality of the food.
“We’re not a fancy dine in, and we’re not a fast food place. We’re somewhere right in the middle, what people call quick service,” Lee said.
Items at the restaurant include classic meals like General Tso’s chicken and Mongolian beef. Charles and Terry’s is all about customization, letting the customer trade out sides like brown rice for white rice to create the meal you want.
Though the business has only been around a few months, Lee has seen the support the people of University Place have given the restaurant, and has faith the venture will be successful.
“We’re just so happy to be here in UP. The city of University Place and residents here have been very supportive of our business,” Lee said.
Charles and Terry Gourmet Chinese is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week, for a takeout order call (253) 244-7777.

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