Special Report

The Best Chinese Restaurant in Every State

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Maine: Empire Chinese Kitchen
> Location: Portland
> Yelp Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Dim sum and “traditional and modern Chinese soul food” are the specialties here at this handsome establishment, which occupies the site of “Portland’s first deluxe Chinese restaurant,” The Empire (1916-1953). Lobster dumplings, pork potstickers, Singapore rice noodles, orange beef, and bacon fried rice are among the many dishes here that Yelpers love. Only takeout service is available currently.

Source: Courtesy of John R. via Yelp

Michigan: China Chef
> Location: Troy
> Yelp Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Whole steamed fish, crispy Cantonese-style chicken, and beef brisket hot pot are among the signature dishes here. Per Yelp, the food here is “ridiculously delicious,” the place is “a gem,” and the portions are “large…[and] reasonably priced.” One visitor added “It is top notch by any definition.” Michigan has halted all indoor dining until further notice, but China Chef offers delivery.

Source: Courtesy of Rakhi N. via Yelp

Minnesota: Golden Chow Mein
> Location: Saint Paul
> Yelp Rating: 4.5 out of 5

“Serving Cantonese food to the West 7th neighborhood for 30+ years,” this restaurant announces by its name that what it serves will be familiar Chinese-American cuisine. The menu lists both “quick service” and “cooked to order” variations on chow mein, as well as egg rolls, fried shrimp, lo mein, moo goo gai pan, beef with broccoli, and other such fare. No indoor dining is currently permitted in Minnesota, but takeout is available here.

Source: Courtesy of Eugene C. via Yelp

Mississippi: Mr. Chen’s
> Location: Jackson
> Yelp Rating: 4 out of 5

A Chinese restaurant connected to an Asian market, Mr. Chen’s has been hailed on Yelp as “a great little restaurant” and “the ONLY place in MS with REAL Chinese food.” One reviewer wrote “I’m Chinese and live in NYC, but this is one of the best Chinese restaurants I’ve been to in the country.” Favorite dishes include twice-cooked pork, lotus leaf sticky rice, and basil clams.

Source: Courtesy of Blue Koi Noodles & Dumplings via Yelp

Missouri: Blue Koi Noodles & Dumplings
> Location: Kansas City
> Yelp Rating: 4.5 out of 5

This “undeniably cool Chinese” place (according to its website) limits its menu — as its name suggests — to a dozen starters (dumplings as well as scallion biscuit, duck wrap, crispy tofu, etc.) and 14 noodle or rice dishes involving things like Chinese-style pot roast, black bean chicken, and braised organic tofu. “Blue Koi gets better and better every time I go,” reported one Yelp reviewer.