Special Report

Best Chinese Restaurant in Every State

Source: Courtesy of Kirsten L. via Yelp

Montana: J P Kitchen
> Location: Billings
> Yelp Rating: 4 out of 5

This “[c]ute and cozy little place” offers “[a]uthentic family style dining” made with “[e]xcellent fresh ingredients,” according to posts on Yelp. The menu lists such dishes as Szechuan lamb dumplings, three-pepper chicken, and cashew nut shrimp.

Source: Courtesy of Dragon Wok via Yelp

Nebraska: Dragon Wok
> Location: Omaha
> Yelp Rating: 4.5 out of 5

“Every meal has been spot on” at this Omaha favorite, according to one Yelp reviewer. The restaurant promotes its “famous sesame chicken and our signature egg foo young.” A wide choice of fried rice, lo mein, and chow mein variations are also available, along with all the other expected dishes, from egg drop soup to sweet and sour pork.

Source: Courtesy of Shawn C. via Yelp

Nevada: Shang Artisan Noodle
> Location: Las Vegas
> Yelp Rating: 4.5 out of 5

“Shang Artisan Noodle aims to both honor and elevate the Chinese culinary tradition on handmade noodles,” reads the mission statement for this fast-casual restaurant. The menu is brief: a few appetizers (spicy wontons, beef and onion potstickers, etc.), half a dozen noodle soups (pork rib and seafood among them), five sauced noodle dishes (one with minced pork and preserved vegetables, for instance, and another with stir-fried tomato and scrambled eggs), and seven fried rice and chow mein variations.

Source: Courtesy of Brian W. via Yelp

New Hampshire: Golden Tao Restaurant
> Location: Manchester
> Yelp Rating: 4.5 out of 5

This establishment in the Granite State’s largest city advertises its “Mandarin, Szechuan & Private Home Cuisine” based on combining “the freshest ingredients with popular Asian herbs and spices.” Specialties include Yu-Hsiang shrimp and sea scallops, crispy sesame beef, and two-flavored chicken, but there is also a selection of moo shu dishes, lo mein, chop suey, and other Chinese-American standbys.

Source: Courtesy of Gina R. via Yelp

New Jersey: Soup Dumpling Plus
> Location: Fort Lee
> Yelp Rating: 4.5 out of 5

There can be no confusion about this B.Y.O.B. restaurant’s main selling point. According to a diner from a Shanghainese family, reporting on Yelp, the eponymous soup dumplings are “probably as good as it gets in the States.” Other dishes — the “plus” — recommended on the review site include eggplant with garlic sauce, scallion pancakes, and pan-fried pork buns.