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An article at CNN lists 50 Chinese restaurants as the best in the US. The two choices that made the list from Utah are good restaurants. Sadly, Red Maple has been closed for over a year because of an oil fire in the kitchen that did over a million dollars in damage. They were supposed to re-open in january, but  still haven't re-opened yet.

 

Did CNN get it right for your area (if it made it)?

 

 

There's been a long vacant section in South Salt Lake that they're developing into a "China Town". The first restaurants and stores have opened there. While I tried the buffet, it was OK and very Americanized, there is a new Chinese Roaster/BBQ place I haven't been to yet.  Another restaurant whose early reviews haven't been that good on Yelp, but I wonder if the reviewers understand traditional Chinese cuisine because the New Year's menu they had in the window when I went by would scare off a lot of non-adventurous eaters. 

 

There's supposed to be a large Asian grocer opening soon, and that would be very convenient for me.

 

The naturally occurring cluster of Asian stores and restaurants in Salt Lake is about two miles west of where this forced China Town is. Red Maple was in that general area.

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In Honolulu the have places, DH have been to both, can't really say that they are any better or worse thatn other Chinese Restaurant in Honolulu.  I have to say though, only in Hawaii!! 

sit down, order, eat and get out after 90 minutes!!  HA!  lol.gif

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They missed Sun Wah Barbecue in Chicago. It's on the far North Side, in a small Vietnamese/Chinese neighborhood but people from the original Chinatown, down on the South Side make the trip up here for the Peking Duck and other barbecue. The old storefront had glistening, red whole ducks and piglets hanging by their feet in the front window. They moved to spiffier digs a couple of years ago and the somewhat ghoulish (by American standards) display is now gone.

 

That place in Arlington Heights? Never heard of it. Why would you put a place where you have to mention the General Tso's Chicken on such a list?

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Might have been a Yelp/Google-based article where she looked for the popular places. Else why mention a closed burnt-out restaurant as well?

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That place in Arlington Heights? Never heard of it. Why would you put a place where you have to mention the General Tso's Chicken on such a list?

 

 

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I hade never heard of such a dish until we came to the 'mainland'

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From all accounts I've heard, Lau Hunan, another restaurant owned by the same chef as the other Illinois restaurant they chose (Lau Sze Chuan) is the better choice. That chef owns a bunch of regional Chinese places in the city, none of which I have visited, all of which are well-reviewed both in the press and by friends of mine--including a Chinese woman I work with who is also a pretty serious foodie.

 

He just opened another Lau Sze Chuan location in my neighborhood a few months ago. It got mixed reviews when it first opened and while I was waiting for them to work out the kinks I entirely forgot about it being there. This thread just reminded me I need to walk down that block and check it out.

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I picked up the menu from that BBQ place I mentioned in the new China town. Has some pretty exotic dishes listed, and all the gory bits shining gloriously in the window as Chicago Terry mentioned in his post. 

 

Pig intestines, fish maws, duck feet, stomach. I think I like it already.

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post #8 of 11

Phatch-

 

I'm female.

 

For what it's worth.

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Darn those Androgynous names.  Sorry.

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Absolutely no offense taken. Just thought I'd clarify.

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I don't know Ms. Wei, the author, personally, but know who she is, have read some of her restaurant stuff, and occasionally see her around.  She's is bi-coastal SoCal/NY has good taste, and is knowledgeable, but... 

 

Her CNN article underplayed SoCal, NorCal and New York.  Of the fifty best Chinese restaurants in the US, it's likely that because there's so much Chinese population, so much competition, and so much access to diverse, fresh and excellent Chinese ingredients, forty of the fifty best Chinese restaurants in the US are probably located in those three cities; with at least 15 in the San Gabriel Valley alone.  At a guess, she included a lot of geography as a way of being diplomatic. 

 

I know all seven of the SoCal places on her list well, and -- with the exception of the fusion place in Del Mar -- they're very good.  But they're more a partly representative and partly quirky sampling than a complete list of outstandingly good places here.    

 

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