Special Report

The Best Chinese Restaurant in Every State

Source: Courtesy of Shigeru C. via Yelp

Hawaii: Lam’s Kitchen
> Location: Honolulu
> Yelp Rating: 4.5 out of 5

One Chinese-American reviewer on Yelp describes this hole-in-the-wall counter-service place as her “all time favorite restaurant in Chinatown,” and notes that she “[w]ent today for the 100th time.” Beef tendon soup with chow fun gets high marks from almost every commentator, while some also hail the pork and shrimp wontons (“PERFECTLY seasoned”) and pork liver rice soup.

Source: Courtesy of J K. via Yelp

Iowa: Long Xing
> Location: Iowa City
> Yelp Rating: 4.5 out of 5

There’s nothing too exotic on the menu here, but Yelp fans love the crab Rangoon, egg rolls, General Tso’s chicken, Mongolian beef, and other Chinese-American standbys at this “quaint little hole in the wall…in a strip mall.” “If you like places like Panda Express…,” proposed one reviewer, “but also like to support local businesses, Long Xing is going to make you very happy.”

Source: Courtesy of Patricia C. via Yelp

Idaho: Red Pavilion Mandarin Cuisine
> Location: Meridian
> Yelp Rating: 4 out of 5

Promising a range of offerings from “traditional comfort dishes to fascinating new flavors,” this restaurant in a Boise area city (considered one of the fastest-growing cities in the country) serves a menu that encompasses everything from pot stickers and spring rolls to Mandarin spicy shrimp and flaming garlic pork. (There is a second location in Mountain Home, southeast of Boise.)

Source: Courtesy of Daniel Y. via Yelp

Illinois: MCCB Chicago
> Location: Chicago
> Yelp Rating: 4.5 out of 5

“MCCB,” says this Chicago favorite, stands for “Modern Chinese Cook Book.” In addition to such familiar dishes as kung pao chicken and mapo tofu, the restaurant offers less common fare like piña-colada-flavored shrimp and the house specialty of charcoal-grilled whole fish as prepared in the style of the Chinese city of Chongqing. The word “amazing” tends to appear in Yelp reviews.

Source: Courtesy of John S. via Yelp

Indiana: House of Cheung
> Location: Indianapolis
> Yelp Rating: 4.5 out of 5

This “sit down and eat” Chinese restaurant (as opposed to takeout places) pleases Yelpers with its lemon chicken, Peking pork, General Tso’s tofu (and also chicken), sizzling beef, and more. “The restaurant itself could be a set of a cool Wes Anderson movie,” wrote one reviewer of this “old-fashioned Cantonese style” place. At this time, only takeout is available.