If you’re lucky, you live near a dependable, high-quality Chinese restaurant. And thankfully, it seems as if the majority of Americans are pretty darn lucky in this regard. From coast to coast, there’s no shortage of great Chinese places, and we’ve tracked down the very best one in every state.
To assemble our list, 24/7 Tempo consulted and compared reviews and ratings on a wide range of websites, including Food & Wine, The Daily Meal, Travel & Leisure, Eater, Time Out, Three Best Rated, Lao Sze Chuan, Food News, and Yelp, as well as state and regional restaurant listings for every state.
When you think of a neighborhood Chinese restaurant, what comes to mind? Maybe it’s a small takeout joint; maybe it’s a larger place decorated with hanging lanterns and lazy Susans on each family-size table. No matter the restaurant’s size, standbys like wonton soup, egg rolls, chicken lo mein, sesame chicken, and egg foo young always seem to be on the menu. But at the best Chinese restaurants, the deeper you dive into the menu and expand beyond your comfort zone, the more you’ll be rewarded. (There’s nothing wrong with Chinese-American food, but this is where to find the best real Chinese cuisine in America.)
Read on to learn about the best Chinese restaurant in every state. In all likelihood, its menu will allow you to branch out and try a traditional Chinese dish that you haven’t tried before. But even if you decide to stick with the tried-and-true Chinese-American classics, you won’t be disappointed. (And if you’re in the mood for something other than Chinese, check out the one can’t-miss restaurant in every state.)