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Added Dec 30 2012

Would like to hear what people have to say. I'm around Higgins/Central, looking for a good Chinese takeout/delivery place. Thanks much!

  • Saigon grill on Elston is really good. Very fresh ingredients. It's on elston host west of central.

  • Moy Lee on Milwaukee is a favorite in our family!!

  • kenji Find us here -->

    Part of the fun of this person's question, is if they haven't tried all the places around here, for a little bit of money and a lot of time, you can try all of the places and compare them yourselves.

  • JeffParkArt

    Saigon Grill is closed until 1/2/13 :-( Guess I'll give Moy Lee a try...thanks everybody!!

  • Siagon Grill, like Laura said. Has basic menu, but some great things the "basic" may have not tried yet.

  • chicago girl Resident in Portage park for over 38 years

    This isn't in the neighborhood,but if you ever want a sit down place or your in the area for a to go place,try New Star on North Ave just west of Harlem (near Johnny's Beef).I have been gong their over 30 years.I think the best egg rolls.always fresh and still the same quality.Always leftovers for home.

  • SAS Longtime 45th ward resident

    I like Kow Kow. It's a little further but worth the drive IMO. Cicero and Pratt. Great egg rolls.

  • Bike Jedi Bike Jedi . I live to bike . Born in the Square.

    Moy Lee is excellent and Kow Kow on Cicero and Pratt is the best . They make their own Egg rolls and they are worth the trip .

  • Luci in Rogers Park Dog Lover, living in Rogers Park for 26 years

    We always used to go to Kow Kow's, but their dishes are hit or miss. We used to love their egg rolls, but ever since they were on Chicago's Best list~~~it seems like they changed the ingredients. So now, when we go, I order the won ton soup and barBQ ribs for an appetizer. I don't eat their shrimp fried rice because the shrimp are not clean.
    I like the steak and broccoli dish they have and the fried shrimp appetizer.

  • kenji Find us here -->

    I too have been a kow kow fan and a moy lee fan. I'm an eggroll afficionado too. I have to admit something happened to Kow Kow's eggrolls recently. I used to proclaim them the best in the city (for jewish chinese kinda places). But. Now. I believe Moy Lee is at their eggroll pinnacle in 2012.

    The true test of an egg roll isn't done with delivered or take home food. You need the product right out of the kitchen, on a ceramic plate on a table there at the restaurant.

    Would anyone who would like to do the taste test some afternoon or evening? FWIW, both places serve Tsingtao beer in bottles too.

    Maybe we can get Alderman Tim to tag along? I'm pretty sure he enjoys neighborhood Chinese food. I think the only stipulation if we do get him to join is there can't be anyone else joining us who is gonna rag on him about neighborhood stuff and ruin the mood of the outing.

  • Bike Jedi Bike Jedi . I live to bike . Born in the Square.

    Kenji what is Jewish Chinese food ? Most of what Americans think is Chinese food is a very Ameicanized version of Chinese . By the way Moy Lee uses pre made egg rolls like most Chinese restaurants . Kow Kow makes thier own on site . Also , Kow Kow 's egg rolls are twice as big as most of the pre made stuff .

  • Bike Jedi Bike Jedi . I live to bike . Born in the Square.

    Kenji now Im curious about the hyroglyphics next to your name ...What does it say ?

  • Just Me

    There has got to be a better place than Moy Lee. Last time I ate there, the food didn't seem very fresh, I'm on the hunt for a new Chinese place myself, for now I go back to OLP to the little plaza @ Irving and Kildear. in the little strip mall. been there for at least 20 years, food is good, fresh and they deliver

  • kenji Find us here -->

    Is your google-finger broken? :)

    LTH's gary wiviott has a nice reply:

  • Just Me

    That should be " OIP " Old Irving Park

  • Beeba in Portage Park Portage Park resident

    Moy Lee has awesome egg rolls!

  • Just Me

    way too greasy

  • kenji Find us here -->

    @me, said: "way too greasy" and "That should be OIP Old Irving Park".

    So you know @me, some attribution would be helpful. :)

  • Vincent

    You don't enjoy non sequiturs?

  • Just Me

    you want bullets too?

  • Good Chinese food? An oxymoron.

  • kenji Find us here -->

    @bertha, you haven't lived until you try the lamb with cumin at Double Li in chinatown. We had it on Christmas a few days ago:

  • So I'm Chinese and pretty picky with Chinese fast food takeout and the one in the strip mall on Addison and Central is pretty good. I've tried a few others but didn't meet my standards. Although the one in the mall by Jewel on Narragansett and Irving is ok too.

  • kenji Find us here -->

    Chinese? What places do you enjoy when in Chinatown, and what specific dishes?

    do you speak Mandarin?

  • CJ Gladstone Park Native Chicagoan for life

    Hunan Spring on Elston is OK (for takeout only) and if you like thai, Thai Elenphant on Devon is supposed to be good.

  • kenji Find us here -->

    OP wanted info on "Chinese food takeout/delivery", CJ.

  • I speak Cantonese. I usually go for Dim Sum in Chinatown. But I do like Mayflower.

  • kenji Find us here -->

    I like chicken feet when I go for dim sum. chicken feet are my fav.

  • One of my most favorite too. Besides many others.

  • @bike jedi, hyroglyphics 残り物には福がある (there is a fortune to leftovers), Nokorimono ni wa fuku ga aru (same definition, luck exists in the leftovers)

  • kenji Find us here -->

    It's that time of year around here. In the fridge, there's ziplocs of two different kinds of fish, 3 different kinds of pierogies, ribs, herring, and there's apple pie on the counter still.

  • fromchicaga long time northwest sider

    Ing's China King which is near Milwakee & Devon. The egg rolls are very good. They have lunch & dinner buffets.

  • MomX4 We've lived in Portage Park a long time.

    Have you tried Sun Eng? 4734 N. Harlem

  • Portage Park Neighbor D. Min., BCC

    I just picked up an order of Chinese (shrimp kung po); I always ask for it to be extra extra spicy hot...this is the first place that got it right the first time (never been here before). The vegetables and shrimp are fresh (large and plenty of it shrimp); the rice is hot and fluffy...very good consistencey. Now I found a go to place as I really like asian dishes.

    Happy Garden
    7710 W. Belmont

  • Chang's on Addison and Elston has absolutely the BEST Chinese food in Chicago!

  • kenji Find us here -->

    extra extra spicy spicy hot? Head down to chinatown?

    @PP Nieghbor, you need to at some point, take a stroll down to wentworth and 22nd and go to Lao Sze Chuan.

    #530, is right up your alley. the best.

  • Vincent

    Kenji I think Lao just opened another location at Lawrence and Broadway.

  • kenji Find us here -->

    depending on the time of day it could be quicker to get to Chinatown from Portage Park than Broadway.

    I'll check it out and see if Tony Hu opened a place there.

  • Vincent

    Yeah it is Hu and same menu. Thought it might be convenient for you because you get all buff at 2800W.

  • Mee Mahs on Petersen just west of Pulaski is very good. Take out, delivery, can't beat the lunch prices. Great egg rolls too!

  • kenji Find us here -->

    We could put it on the Eggroll Run™, if anyone else is interested.

  • kenji Find us here -->

    Do they stock Tsingtao beer in bottles?

    That would make 3 beers and three eggrolls for the evening.

  • Not sure about the beer but they do serve drinks. 1-773-539-2277 Looks like their delivery boundaries are Montrose, Central Ave., Howard and Western Ave.
    Some how related to the owners of Kow Kow.

  • Luci in Rogers Park Dog Lover, living in Rogers Park for 26 years

    @McGovern - We've driven past Mee Mahs so many times, but we never tried it. I think we'll go there for lunch one day soon and see how we like it. Thanks for mentioning it!

  • Mee Mahs. I only order two things. Sizzling rice soup and Mongolian beef. Enough for two people. Done.

  • Robin Proud owner of Historic Bungalow

    My husband and I like Excelsior Garden in the Veteran's Square shopping plaza on Milwaukee and Higgins. Good food, very nice owners. We also have ordered from China Star (4716 N. Milwaukee). They have Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Filipino food. One of my favorites there is Chow Fun. Also nice owners.

  • Luci in Rogers Park Dog Lover, living in Rogers Park for 26 years

    @Kenji, re Jewish Chinese restaurants~~~when we went to Kow Kow's on a regular basis, we always saw Bernie Stone in there, maybe he was with his son

  • kenji Find us here -->

    there you go!

  • Place I like best is China Kitchen by 7-11 on Milwaukee at Central. Prices are pretty decent and I have not one time had something from there I did not like. Always recommend it.

  • The only place I've ever gone for Chinese takeout in Jefferson Park is Excelsior Garden next to the Jefferson Park CTA terminal. The prices are good, especially for their lunch specials. The only reason why I haven't ventured to other Chinese places in Jeff Park is because everything I've had there has been pretty good, and they give you a lot for the price (for $5-$6, their lunch special easily feeds two).

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