...yeah, even where I live, one would expect it to be great, yet you still have to be careful. Been to a few places myself I regretted afterwards.
Actually I find the Thai, Korean, and Vietnamese restaurants here to be much better as a whole.
The one thing I still have difficulty with when cooking at home is getting that certain characteristic taste good Chinese cuisine seems to have. Must be some kind of secret spice or infused oil they use.
I’ve had good Thai twice here, so you may have a point. Vietnamese is rare here if you don’t want generic pho.
One thing I miss about the SF Bay Area - killer Chinese food! Even the dives were good.