Virginia: Peking Gourmet Inn
> Location: Falls Church
Serving Northern Virginia since 1978, Peking Gourmet Inn is a welcoming, white-tablecloth restaurant that prides itself on its made-to-order family-style entrees made with fresh, high-quality ingredients. Groups can choose from set dinners or up to 10 courses or with their way through the expansive menu. Peking duck carved tableside, Chinese winter sauce and sea scallop soup for two, crispy Szechuan beef, Peking-style lamb chops, and walnut chicken are the specialties of the house.
Washington: Szechuan Brothers
> Location: Vancouver
The bright and welcoming Szechuan Brothers is a Vancouver restaurant that specializes in the traditional hot and spicy food of China’s Szechuan province. Locals crowd in for meat-filled hot pots, pig ear with chili oil, salt & pepper chicken wings, twice-cooked pork belly, cumin lamb, fried tofu, and sticky rice balls in sweet rice wine with osmanthus flower for dessert.
West Virginia: Main Kwong
> Location: Charleston
Located on Charleston’s bustling Washington Street, Main Kwong is exactly the kind of place every town needs. It serves consistently good, well-made Chinese-American classics, with egg rolls, wonton soup, General Tso’s chicken, Mongolian beef, crispy chicken, and roast pork lo mein as standouts. The combination platters, which are served with an egg roll and pork fried rice, are generously portioned and inexpensive.
Wisconsin: Sze Chuan
> Location: West Allis
Wisconsin’s best Chinese food can be found in an unassuming strip mall in West Allis, about a 15 minute drive from downtown Milwaukee. As the name implies, traditional Szechuan fare is their specialty, and regulars rave about the dan dan noodles, mapo tofu, spare ribs in garlic chili sauce, dry chili chicken, sizzling beef, and cumin pork knuckle. Those looking to get a little more adventurous can opt for pork kidneys with Szechuan peppercorns, sautéed pork intestines, and ox tendon in spicy chili sauce. Be sure to try traditional Chinese beverages like Master Kong’s red tea and Yeshu coconut milk.
Wyoming: Good Friends
> Location: Cheyenne
Cheyenne locals are grateful for Good Friends, a low-key and dependable Chinese restaurant that’s great for both take-out and dine-in. All the Chinese-American classics you’d expect to find are on the menu, and are served in large portions. Popular standbys include kung pao chicken, sweet & sour chicken, pork-filled fried wontons, pork fried rice, and lo mein.