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Monday, February 18, 2008

You are hungry now but will be satisfied...

That's sort of my fortune cookie wish to myself right now. It's a very frigid night in Des Plaines. The temperatures have been in the teens all day, but don't let that fool you - if you read the fine print, the weather report says it feels like a big, fat ZERO out there. I don't know about you, but when I'm cold, I like to eat. Makes sense: calories are energy and you need energy to stay warm. One of my favorite cold weather cuisines is Chinese. Steamy hot, loaded with carbs, some sweet/salty soy sauce for dipping and dunking, plenty of crispy fried goodness. My American dream of Chinese food probably isn't very authentic, but it sure tastes good and gives you that warm, stuffed feeling.

So - where to go in Des Plaines for Chinese food? For fabulous, crisp egg rolls and crab rangoon? For tender lo mein noodles sharing an overcrowded platter with bbq pork or chicken or veggies? When one needs to call a summit with General Tso and have a whole lotta Chow Fun - where does one go in Des Plaines? I hope you'll post here and tell me about your favorite Chinese restaurant here in town - you can even fudge a little bit and name a place in Mt. Prospect, Niles or Park Ridge. But not too far afield, I'm looking for a perfect lunch spot. :)

To cast your note, just click on the word "Comments" down below and let your voice be heard. If you can include some address/location information for the restaurant, that's even better. Give as much detail as you'd like - you can name your favorite menu items, tell us about the lunch combination specials, even describe the decor. I'm all ears (of baby corn), and my chop sticks are standing by, waiting to try your recommendations. Don't let me down!


  1. There is a place on Elmhurst Rd. just north of Oakton and on the east side of the street, that has very good Chinese food.

  2. I have come to accept the fact that there are no great Chinese places in Des Plaines. Ann's Ching Hua is acceptable, and the place in the theater building who's name escapes me, and Lam's if you can accept the price tag. To be fair, I have not had the opportunity to try House of Szechwan on Northwest Highway yet, so I can't give an opinion one way or the other. I miss Chung's and Kun Yen, both very different in approach, but both with delicious food.

  3. Hands down the place to go - Venus! Well, no not the planet, the restaurant.

    It's over in Park Ridge around the corner from the Pickwick Movie Theatre.

  4. I'll concede the point: Wonton Gourmet has very good food. Awful service, but very good food.

  5. Where is Wonton Gourmet? I am a big fan of just about anything covered in a wonton skin and deep fried or steamed. Well, maybe not anything.

    I used to work at a place with an employee-run cafeteria. The serve yourself "Oriental Bar" sometimes had "wanton skins" on the menu, which doesn't sound like something that should be served in public...

  6. Food is ok. Rude servers!

  7. Bold's Chinese is pretty good.


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