Kansas: ABC Cafe
> Location: Overland Park
ABC Cafe is a low-key, casual restaurant specializing in authentic Chinese dishes including salt & pepper tofu, shrimp dumplings, ginger & onion salty chicken, spicy salt & pepper soft shell crab, noodle soups, and a variety of dim sum including BBQ pork puffs and seven flavor mushroom. Be sure to complement your meal with a glass of Hong Kong-style iced tea.
Kentucky: Oriental House
> Location: Louisville
The inviting, pagoda-shaped Oriental House is a Louisville mainstay for Hunan and Szechuan specialties, as well as expertly made dim sum. Only fresh, high-quality ingredients go into their sprawling menu; be sure to check out the “Authentic Chinese” section, where you’ll find hot pots, congee, rice crêpes, crispy skin chicken, and seared whole Pacific pompano.
Louisiana: Red’s Chinese
> Location: New Orleans
Traditional Chinese fare gets the New Orleans treatment at neighborhood institution Red’s Chinese, which has been featured on “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.” Gulf shrimp and andouille find their way into fried rice, crawfish tails replace the crab in Rangoon, and the cocktails are sweet and potent. And with dishes like kung pao pastrami, cheeseburger fried rice, and Chinese donuts for dessert rounding out the menu, a good time at Red’s is all but guaranteed.
Maine: Evergreen Chinese Restaurant
> Location: South Portland
Cozy and unassuming, Evergreen Chinese Restaurant is a hidden gem for in-the-know South Portlanders. The expansive menu boasts a large selection of lunch and dinner specials, generous family-style dinners, appetizer party platters of over 100 pieces, and plenty of vegetarian and healthy options along with all the familiar classics. Pad Thai is also a house specialty.
Maryland: Q by Peter Chang
> Location: Bethesda
Hubei-born Peter Chang is one of America’s foremost Chinese chefs. After stints cooking for the Chinese president and at the Chinese Embassy in Washington, DC, he opened his first restaurant in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2011, and a James Beard Award nomination soon followed. Q by Peter Chang, which opened in Bethesda in 2017, is his chic and modern 8,000-square-foot flagship. Chang classics like scallion bubble pancakes and cumin lamb chops are on offer, along with lunchtime dim sum platters, Peking duck, braised lobster with jade noodle, crispy pork belly, and wagyu beef lo mein. The menu impores diners to “embark on a grand culinary adventure,” and Q is just the place to do it.