"Where to Eat in Chinatown" Chicago Restaurant Tip by TRimer

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by TRimer

As a transplanted New Yorker (and person who lived for 6 years in Hong Kong), I am a firm believer that Chicago is missing great Chinese restaurants. Note: I have a separate entry for dim sum. With that said, you can find some good chinese food in Chinatown at the following restaurants:

Lao Sze Chuan
2172 S. Archer Ave. (Chinatown Sq. Mall)
Lao Sze Chuan specializes in Szechuan style cooking. The menu can be a bit intimidating as there are no descriptions. They have some unusual offerings including pig ear, rabbit, jelly fish and pig stomach. They do have a decent dim sum menu. This place is jammed on weekends.

Spring World
2109 S China Pl. (NE end Chinatown Sq Mall)
Spring World specializes in Szechuan and Yunnan style cooking but offers a small selection of dishes from other regions. Known for it's ridicuously cheap lunch special at $3.95 plus tax. Very bare bones decor and no alcohol is served.

Favorite Dish: Little Three Happiness
209 W Cermak. (Note- go to the smaller one on the southside of the street. NOT the one on the NW corner which serves touristy food)
Serving Mandarin and Cantonese style cuisine. They also have a dim sum menu.

Mandarin Kitchen
2143 S. Archer St.
Known for its hot pots.

Address: Chinatown
Price Comparison: less expensive than average
Directions: You can take the El (Red Line). Get off at Cermak-Chinatown, which is the stop between Roosevelt and 31st/Comiskey Park. On alighting from the El, exit the platform, go down the stairs and make a right.
Price: US$11-20
Rating: 5
Theme: Chinese/Dim Sum

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  • Written Jun 15, 2005
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