Special Report

The Best Chinese Restaurant in Every State

Source: Courtesy of Mahrad M. via Yelp

Colorado: Fortune Wok to Table
> Location: Denver
> Yelp Rating: 4.5 out of 5

“Authentic Shanghainese cuisine is our passion,” reads this two-level restaurant’s motto. The ground floor portion of the place serves what are described as “street style eats,” meaning such fare as steamed or pan-fried dumplings, Shanghainese street noodles, or jasmine curry with beef, shrimp, or vegetables. Upstairs, COVID-19 protocols are not in force, the chef prepares a more formal menu, with no dumplings or noodles involved, for just four tables of diners. Seafood hot and sour soup and black pepper halibut are typical dishes.

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Connecticut: Peter Chang
> Location: Stamford
> Yelp Rating: 4 out of 5

Peter Chang is a celebrated Szechuan chef-restaurateur, once known for continually going to work at and then disappearing from restaurants throughout the Southeast. Chang finally settled down and opened a chain of top-level places in Virginia and Maryland. Early last year, he opened this place, his first in the Northeast. Expect such uncommon fare as scallion bubble pancake, spicy dry-fried eggplant, and Shan City pigs’ feet.

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Delaware: Mom’s Kitchen
> Location: Bear
> Yelp Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Yelp reviewers love such dishes here as “awesome” spicy fish, salt-and-pepper fried chicken wings that are “a must try,” and beef and cilantro soup that’s “so good we almost licked the bowl clean.” Among the chef’s specialties are frog with spicy chili pepper and cumin spareribs with garlic.

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Florida: Red Shallot
> Location: Doral
> Yelp Rating: 5 out of 5

“[E]ven more amazing than the reviews could make it seem,” wrote one Yelp reviewer about this restaurant in suburban Miami. “One of the best dining experiences that I’ve had in a long time,” enthused another. Taiwanese picadillo (described by the Miami New Times as “ground pork belly aggressively seasoned and served atop a bed of rice with strands of pickled mustard greens”) is a specialty. The restaurant is now open only for takeout and delivery, but there is a table outside at which one party of diners at a time may enjoy food they’ve ordered for takeout.

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Georgia: La Mei Zi
> Location: Doraville
> Yelp Rating: 4.5 out of 5

It’s not every Chinese restaurant that serves such specialties as Hakka stir-fry pork belly, calamari, bean curd, and Chinese chive flower; stewed Chinese okra with crab meat and roe; or lamb with leeks and cilantro in hot bean sauce — but you’ll find those and a lot more at this Taiwanese place in a community just outside Atlanta. One Yelp commentator hailed its “fresh, delicious food” and phenomenal service. The dining room is closed for now, but there is outdoor seating, and takeout and delivery are offered.