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Cooking Season

2644 Valley Ave

Winchester, VA

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Winchester Restaurant History

The following restaurants have previously occupied or currently occupy this location.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

I had the spicy shredded chicken and my son got sushi - we both enjoyed it and were pleasantly surprised. — Anonymous Reviewer

Thursday, January 2, 2014

The Red Curry Chicken and the Sushi is on top of my list! — Anonymous Reviewer

Friday, November 29, 2013

We ordered takeout from Cooking Season located at 2644 Valley Ave. Winchester, va. 22601, on September 10, 2013. The service was fast, and the food was delicious! This is not your normal, nasty, fried Chinese food. They use high quality ingredients (all white meat chicken in our Sesame and General Tso's) and give you a great size portion. A must for takeout! — Anonymous Reviewer

Sunday, October 6, 2013

I cant speak for the buffet but I have ordered different things every time I go and they are all great. I ecspecially like the shrimp pad thai and their hot and sour soup. — Anonymous Reviewer

Sunday, October 6, 2013

I cant speak for the buffet but I have ordered different things every time I go and they are all great. I ecspecially like the shrimp pad thai and their hot and sour soup. — Anonymous Reviewer

Friday, August 9, 2013

On Friday, August 9, 2013, my daughter and I had lunch at Cooking Season, 2644 Valley Avenue in Winchester. This place had closed earlier this year and had just reopened on Monday, August 5, under new management and with a new menu featuring a mixed Asian cuisine; I suppose it could be classed as Fusion.

This restaurant's new owners had previously operated Hunan Express, a Chinese restaurant with a drive-up window, at 2441 Valley Avenue, and closed it for good on Sunday, August 4, 2013.

Cooking Season is open every day, and opens at 11:00 AM, Monday through Saturday, and at 12:00 PM on Sunday. It closes at 9:30 PM Monday-Thursday, 10:00 PM on Friday and Saturday, and at 9:00 PM on Sunday. A lunch buffet is available until 2:30 every day except Saturday.

Take out service is available; the phone number will be (540) 722-0488, which was previously used by Hunan Express. It was expected to become operational sometime next week, but Verizon seems to have had some problem in arranging the transfer.

Cooking Season has its own parking lot. The entrance is on the right side of the building, toward the back. As you enter, the hostess and cashier's station is on your immediate left. A sushi preparation area is in the center rear of the room. The floor plan is pretty much unchanged from its previous occupancy, with two dining areas.

The entry area has booths along the wall to your left and also along both sides of a divider in the center of this room. The far wall has no seating because this is the location of the buffet table. The other dining area is in the front and is separated from the entry area by a wall with two openings. Seating here is a combination of booths and tables; some of these can seat eight.

The menu's main headings are Appetizers, Soup, Vegetable, Pork, Chicken, Beef, Seafood, Fried Rice, Lo Mein or Mei Fun, Chow Mein, Egg Foo Young, Chef's Special, Special Combination Platters, Asian Specialties, Japanese Maki, and Chef's Special Rolls. Each of these categories had a variety of selections.

My daughter and I elected to try the $5.99 buffet on this visit. I ordered hot tea; although it was not served in a teapot, the cup of hot water was not foam plastic, but a solid, ceramic cup with a saucer. The teabag held black tea. My daughter had water for her beverage.

The buffet table was divided into two sections. One has appetizers, salads, and desserts, along with two kinds of sushi. The other has hot foods, mostly stir-fried; these included meats such as chicken, beef, pork, and shrimp, served in various ways with vegetables. Some items were obviously deep-fried, such as crab Rangoon.

My daughter commented that the buffet items were somewhat greasy. I concur, and believe that ordinary vegetable oil may have been used, instead of something lighter, such as sesame seed oil. The next time I visit Cooking Season I plan to order from the menu before rendering a final decision about the food.

The place was surprisingly busy, despite have been open for less than a week. A majority of the patrons apparently had been customers of Hunan Express, and were warmly greeted by the staff.

This location was originally home to a restaurant called Passage to India, which operated for a number of years; my first meal there was in July, 2001. In October 2010 it was taken over by new owners who called it Angeethi Authentic Indian Cuisine. That folded in less than a year, and the premises were next used by the original Cooking Season in May of 2012.

— Perry Crabill

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Awesome food, service, and price. Best food in Winchester — Anonymous Reviewer

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Great food, great prices, friendly and attentive staff! — Anonymous Reviewer

Thursday, August 16, 2012

I ordered "box" meals to taste a broader sense of their menu (albeit all chicken dishes) last evening and it was outstanding...even the rice and noodles were excellent....each box was packed full of food and for $4.95....shut off the wok! The curry chicken, general tso, sesame and bourbon chicken dishes were worth every penny....fresh, tasty ingredients...did I mention plenty of food....a bargain indeed. Give it a try. — Anonymous Reviewer

Friday, August 3, 2012

Awsome food! Awsome prices! Large portions! — Anonymous Reviewer

Monday, June 25, 2012

We went for the first time yesterday and were pleasantly surprised. The food was excellent and the prices more than fair. The service was friendly and prompt. The place was very clean. We had a number of different dishes and all were very tastey. The highlights were the Seafood Udon Noodle Soup, The Wonton Soup , and the Orange Chicken. We will definitely be back regularly. This may become our new favorite asian restaurant in town (but we will still frequent our other favorites as well!). I urge any and all to give it a try. — Anonymous Reviewer

Friday, June 22, 2012

2nd day in a row and quite impressed at the menu selection and quality of dishes. There is room for improvement but only with minor issues that is understandable with a new restaurant. The Thai food was more than acceptable, according to my Thai inlaws who have fairly high expectations for Thai cooking (they ordered the red curry and the pad thai). The sushi chefs are generous with the portions just as with the kitchen items. Great family-friendly atmosphere. Must note the cleanliness of this place and pleasant decor. Haven't ordered anything that we didn't enjoy - had nearly half the menu already, hehe. We will be back to try more of the items. =D — Anonymous Reviewer

Thursday, June 21, 2012

I have to admit that out of all of the reviews, I agree the most with the most recent poster. I ordered quite a bit of food the other day off of their to go menu that I received in the mail. I love oriental food and was very interested in trying out a wide variety. I ordered the super california roll, the spicy tuna roll, and the eagle roll from their sushi list. I also ordered vegetable spring rolls and the bento box with LoMein, Szechuan Chicken and Kung Pao Chicken. Let me just say that I was very dissapointed with everything that I ordered. Maybe I am too used to the quality of food from the place across the street from Picadilly Brew Pub, but I didn't like one thing. The best thing was the california roll, but I'm pretty sure I could roll a better one. The eagle roll had major texture issues, especially with the white tuna on top, and the flavor combination, while sounding interesting, was horrible. The spicy tuna was not good either. It tasted like the tuna was mixed with straight mayo instead of sriracha hot sauce. The LoMein had very little flavor and was made with spagetti noodles. The Szechuan Chicken was better than the Kung Pao, but neither held up to the hopes I had. I know this sounds like I'm just bashing this place, but that is not my intention. I sincerely hope that the owner is reading this and will consider making some changes. Winchester could use more than just 2 or 3 great Asian restaurants. — Anonymous Reviewer

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

I don't understand all the hype about this restaurant. There's a reason they give you a lot of food. To compensate for the cheap ingredients(gamey dark meat chicken, cheap spaghetti noodles for lomein, dry sushi rice etc.). By the way, the stryrofoam container melted because of the heat of the food. I believe taste buds of Winchester deserves better than this. — Anonymous Reviewer

Monday, June 18, 2012

Ordered delivery from them for the first time last night and it will not be our last! It was great! The Bento Box special was a ton of delicious food for only $4.95! My husband got the Happy Family and the sauce was fabulous (along with the rest of it too)! We also tried the chicken egg roll (awesome) and the crab rangoon (best I've had in ages). The sushi wasn't as tasty as the Thai but it was okay. I can't wait to order from them again!! — Anonymous Reviewer