Special Report

The Best Chinese Restaurant in Every State

Source: Courtesy of Loretta M. via Yelp

Kansas: ABC Cafe
> Location: Overland Park
> Yelp Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Offering “familiar dishes in casual digs and serving dim sum all day,” ABC has been described on Yelp as the area’s “single most authentic Chinese restaurant…[serving] the equivalent of Chinese home cooking” and a “place [that] lives up to the hype!” The 40-plus dim sum choices include barbecue pork puffs and chicken spring rolls with seaweed. Specialty dishes include chicken and eggplant hot pot and salt and pepper tofu.

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Kentucky: Oriental Wok
> Location: Fort Mitchell
> Yelp Rating: 4 out of 5

The menu at this restaurant in a community across the Ohio River from Cincinnati (where Oriental Wok has a second location) offers “Old Chinatown” dishes like chop suey, chow mein, and egg foo young, as well as a good selection of other fare. This includes seafood preparations like four varieties of fish cooked in one of three manners and a dish of stir-fried Cantonese lobster tails.

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Louisiana: Dian Xin
> Location: New Orleans
> Yelp Rating: 4.5 out of 5

“This hole-in-the-wall restaurant is a little slice of heaven,” wrote one Yelp reviewer, who came without a reservation and had to wait an hour “but it was very worth it” for a meal that included, among other things, “the BEST tasting shrimp” he’d ever had. Other commentators call out the soup dumplings, the crab and crawfish bao, the sizzling steak, and the “really good” chive cakes.

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Massachusetts: Clay Pot Cafe
> Location: Boston
> Yelp Rating: 4 out of 5

Not surprisingly, clay pot dishes are featured at this cash-only Chinatown establishment. Versions made with yellow eel, Chinese sausage and pork belly, and chicken with Chinese mushrooms are among those specifically praised by Yelp users. Other dishes, including Shanghai rice cakes, ginseng black chicken soup, and stir-fried watercress with garlic are among the other dishes that win plaudits.

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Maryland: Gourmet Inspirations
> Location: Wheaton
> Yelp Rating: 4 out of 5

House specials at this place in Wheaton, near the nation’s capital (there is a second location just to the south in Silver Spring), include ginger and scallion lobster, crispy shrimp with walnuts, and Peking duck. Dim sum is also featured, with Yelp reviewers saying particularly nice things about the beef shumai, radish cakes, deep-fried shrimp, and sticky rice in banana leaf, among other items.