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COOS BAY — Sometimes word of mouth is all it takes.

We have a breakroom here at The World, and one of our colleagues has been bringing in these wonderful smelling Asian takeout dishes for quite a while now.

So, sports editor John Gunther and I found out where he was getting this wonderful smelling food.

Dan let us know he was getting lunch from Kim's.

Kim's is Kim's Oriental Market in downtown Coos Bay. Despite knowing its address 270 S. Second Ct., it's nearly impossible to find unless someone let's you know where it is.

Here's the two ways I can help you find it. If you're on U.S. Highway 101 at the new Prefontaine mural, walk through the breezeway to the end of the wall and turn left, the first door will be Kim's. The other way is to go to the big city lot with 7 Devils Brewing Company on the Fourth Street side of the lot. Drive all the way to the other side of the lot closest to the highway, Kim's is the nondescript business on the left.

Kim's has been around forever (OK, 25 years), but hasn't been featured in Cuisine before because it is takeout only — and so you are not surprised, it's also cash only. On our current lunchtime series, John and I haven't held too strongly to the idea that eateries had to have seating for us to dine there.

Being only a few blocks from our office, John and I found a time when there weren't many raindrops in the area and walked over.

The menu is limited, but I think I could try just about anything they have. There's chicken curry, or pot sticker with rice, stir fry chicken with veggies, Kung Pao chicken, almond chicken, there's also a beef or chicken broccoli and a lemon chicken dish.

Since I had first choice this week, I ordered the Kung Pao chicken with rice. John let me know later that would have been his first choice as well, but decided to try the almond chicken with noodles.

At Kim's you actually get to watch them make your food right in front of you in woks. 

"There's merit to that," John said. 

Absolutely. You can watch the vegetables being chopped on one side, then brought over to the cooking area and then into a wok.

While we waited for our food, I strolled through the market portion of the store.  They have an array of items, from noodles and sauces to teas and bags of rice. There's also fortune cookies and woks and knives for sale. And if you like making your own sushi, it looked like they have everything but the fish.

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Yesterday I was discussing my meal with Dan, who just happened to be eating the Kung Pao chicken in the breakroom. I told him that my meal was very good, but I was surprised it wasn't as spicy as most places.

"That's the way I like it," he said. "I don't like it real spicy."

It had all the flavors right, just don't expect the heat.

John said he also enjoyed his almond chicken. And as he carried the lunches back to the office, he said that by the pound this may be the best deal we've had in the past year.

My boss, Tim Epperson, came over while I was writing this and said that he too had been to Kim's, but the only reason he knew about it was Dan.

Word of mouth — it's really working for Kim's.


News Editor