Special Report

The Best Chinese Restaurant in Every State

Source: Courtesy of Eugene C. via Yelp

Alabama: Mr. Chen’s Authentic Chinese Cooking & Oriental Market
> Location: Tuscaloosa
> Yelp Rating: 4 out of 5

All the basics are offered here, along with such slightly more adventurous fare as spicy beef tendon, hot stir-fried frogs’ legs, and spicy pork intestines in hot pot. Yelp reviews tend to use the words “real” or “authentic” — and the atmosphere and service get good marks, too.

Source: Courtesy of Pranjali S. via Yelp

Alaska: Pagoda Restaurant
> Location: North Pole
> Yelp Rating: 4 out of 5

Voted the area’s #1 Asian restaurant a dozen times in the Fairbanks Daily News Miners’ Reader’s Choice poll (North Pole is a town near Fairbanks, known for its year-round Christmas decorations), the 30-year-old Pagoda offers an eclectic menu that ranges from the expected egg roll and kung pao chicken to such unexpected offerings as jalapeño scrambled eggs with shrimp or chicken and General Tso cauliflower. The restaurant is currently open for dining only in its bar area — not the main dining room — as well as for takeout and delivery.

Source: Courtesy of Jackie F. via Yelp

Arkansas: China Café
> Location: Rogers
> Yelp Rating: 4.5 out of 5

In addition to the usual American Chinese restaurant dishes, this establishment in the Ozarks, near Bentonville, specializes in such Szechuan dishes as sliced fish with pickled vegetables, clay pot seafood and bean curd, and cold ox tongue and tripe with roasted chili peanut vinaigrette. Regular dining service is currently suspended, but customers may sit at tables to eat food they’ve ordered to go.

Source: Courtesy of Michael P. via Yelp

Arizona: Wong’s Chinese Cuisine
> Location: Phoenix
> Yelp Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Anyone in Phoenix who’s looking for chop suey, chow mein, lo mein, egg foo young, chow fun, wonton soup, moo shu pork, and other old-style Chinese-American specialties will surely appreciate Wong’s — for the service as well as the food. “Not only is the food absolutely fabulous, the staff at the restaurant are equally fabulous as well,” Yelped a visitor from Wisconsin.

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California: Din Tai Fung
> Location: San Diego
> Yelp Rating: 4.5 out of 5

This international Taiwanese chain has 13 U.S. locations, all on the West Coast, plus another dozen in Taiwan and countless others all over Asia and in Australia, the UAE, and the UK — but they’re known for consistent quality everywhere. (The Daily Meal once named their original Taipei location the best restaurant in Asia.) Their specialty is xiao long bao, the broth-filled buns everybody calls “soup dumplings,” which the late L.A. Times restaurant critic Jonathan Gold once called “small miracles.” There’s plenty more on the menu, though. “This place is a must try,” wrote one Yelp reviewer about the chain’s elegantly airy San Diego location. Currently, only takeout and delivery are available here.