A Taste of the Far East in the 'Lone Star State'
By Denise Brandenberg
Dallas Local Expert
Do you love Chinese food? We do too, and that's why we dedicate ourselves to finding the best places to enjoy Chinese cuisine in Dallas. We've diligently scouted out the top eateries, and we've listened to our readers and their reviews of Dallas restaurants. We share the places that get great buzz, like Royal China Restaurant, and we showcase the ones that have proven themselves over time, like Howard Wang's China Grill. When the craving hits, we'll make sure you get your fix!
Dallas features a wide variety of Chinese restaurants in every part of town - from the far north suburbs to the heart of downtown. Whether you're in the mood for late-night takeout or delivery or want to indulge in an elegant dining experience, there's a Dallas Chinese restaurant perfect for the occasion. Some of the more upscale Chinese restaurants in town include Yao Fuzi Cuisine and Ming Palace China Bistro. If you want to stay in your hotel room or living room, order delivery from New Big Wong. Some local restaurants are even open until the wee hours in the morning. No matter if you're a dumpling fan or simply love the classic beef and broccoli dish, Dallas has the Chinese food you crave!
10 P.F. Chang's China Bistro
This fashionable Chinese bistro gets high marks with North Dallas's trendier diners, who adore the contemporary interior and eclectic menu. While this is a chain restaurant, the service and food are well worth a visit. Start off your meal with do-it-yourself chicken lettuce wraps - these alone are worth the trip. Afterwards, go any route you like, from Hunan to Cantonese. P.F. Chang's daily specials are always worth considering as well - keep your fingers crossed that Szechwan shrimp or wok-fried lamb is available when you drop by. The dress code there is dressy casual, and the prices are mid-level. (972-818-3336)
9 Mr. Wok Asian Bistro
Located in Plano, a suburb north of Downtown Dallas, Mr. Wok Asian Bistro offers a new twist on Asian cuisine in a relaxed, neighborhood bistro setting. Every dish is created in its own wok and made from scratch. Some of the signature dishes there include wok-seared omelettes, spicy parmesan prawns, pad thai, grilled sole, wok-seared edamame and Asian spaghetti. The owner knows the regulars by name and exudes gracious hospitality to every guest. It's BYOB, so if you want to imbibe, you can bring along your own beer or wine. The dress code is casual, so you can have a night out on the town without too much trouble! ((972) 881-1888)
8 New Big Wong
Open until 3 am during the weekends and located in the trendy Greenville Ave. neighborhood, New Big Wong is the perfect place to end an evening of partying. Some of the best menu items there include the shredded chicken in garlic sauce, wonton soup and sesame chicken. Other popular dishes there are the cashew chicken, egg rolls, beef flat noodles, and hot and sour soup. The portions at New Big Wong are huge and the prices are low. If you want to dine-in, it may be tricky to find, but it's worth the search. The owners are very attentive and accommodating regarding ordering off the menu. ((214) 821-4198)
7 Wang's Chinese Cafe
This University Park neighborhood staple packs a lot of punch in a cost-efficient manner. In fact, lunch specials average around $7 per plate. Some of the most popular items there include the Hunan Shrimp, General Tsao's Chicken, broccoli beef and beef chow main. Other sought-after dishes there are the Sesame Chicken, Sesame Beef and egg drop soup. If you're looking for fast delivery or want to dine in a casual atmosphere, this is the place to go. Visitors should take note that the restaurant is located in a very busy area of University Park, where parking can be challenging. Plan to arrive ahead of time or walk there. ((214) 265-1688)
6 Yao Fuzi Cuisine
This chic Plano restaurant has won D Magazine's "Best Chinese Restaurant" several times. This popular spot features a wide variety of cocktails to start off your meal, including several flavored sakes. Some of the most popular menu items there include the Shanghai lobster, pan-fried duck with lobster sauce and slow-braised pork. Adventurous diners can order off the "real deal" menu, in which you point to items on a Chinese-language menu and just wait to see what comes out! It also has a party room perfect for special events and get-togethers. If you're in the mood to try authentic Chinese cuisine, this is the spot to go! (2144739267)
5 Jade Garden Chinese Restaurant
Jade Garden Chinese Restaurant serves up authentic Chinese fare in an unassuming, one-of-a-kind of atmosphere: a converted 1950's style drive-in restaurant. Lunch is the star of the varied menu here, as you're unlikely to find a better deal anywhere -- each dish comes with chicken wings, your choice of soup and rice. Sizzling tofu and green mussels in a flavorful black bean sauce are highlights of the dinner menu. Other popular dishes there include the crispy orange beef, black bean flat noodles, and crispy shrimp. Service is impeccable and prompt. This fun spot is BYOB, so bring along your favorite bottle of wine, sake or beer. (214-821-0675)
4 Pei Wei Asian Diner
The highly sought-after combination of inexpensive and high-quality makes a rare appearance at this well-loved Chinese diner. The portions at both lunch and dinner are huge by any standard, and the average cost is typically around $7. The staff moves at lightning speed to accommodate each guest, and a cafeteria-style set-up makes this a great eat-and-run option. Won ton soup, lettuce wraps and, of course, the free unlimited fortune cookies are all musts. This is a great place for a casual date or dinner with kids. It can get a little loud and busy, which is great for dining with children. (214-965-0007)
3 Ming Place China Bistro
Years of experience and dedication to spectacular cuisine make Ming Place a reliable source for phenomenal Chinese fare. The head chef has been cooking "home style" Chinese fare since the age of 12, when he apprenticed under his father. The eatery prides itself on using the best ingredients to concoct specialties like the Lemmon Ave Chicken and Shanghai-Style Pork Chop. Some of the other most popular dishes there include the Hunan chicken, egg drop soup, and the Happy Family, a mix of vegetables, shrimp and scallops. All the vegetables there are all incredibly fresh, and the quality of the meat is consistently exceptional. (214-350-8188)
2 Howard Wang's China Grill
Since it's opening in 2005, Howard Wang's China Grill has been drawing locals and visitors alike with its elegant, contemporary atmosphere and traditional Chinese cuisine. Popular staples like hot and sour soup are taken to new heights to the acclaim of regulars, while more inventive dishes like sweet and salty vanilla prawns are available for the more adventurous diners. Plus, the service is as friendly and reliable as the food is authentic and delicious. The dining room atmosphere there is very warm and inviting, and modern touches, like bamboo accents, create a lovely mood for dining. Dress code is casual to dressy. (214-366-1606)
1 Royal China Restaurant
This Chinese restaurant is conveniently situated in the Preston Royal Village shopping center in North Dallas. It features hand-pulled noodles and dumplings made on site, a rare treat for Dallasites. Plus, kids will love watching them be made! Some of the other most popular dishes there include the dumpling sampler, Xiao Long Bao, pork belly Gwa Bao and the Lanzhou Dan-Dan Lamian. The atmosphere is cozy and most of the diners want to sit near the noodle-making section. This place is a wonderful off-the-beaten spot perfect for your next visit to Dallas. If you're in the mood for "real" Chinese food, make plans to come here. ((214) 361-1771)
About Denise Brandenberg
Born and raised in Dallas, Denise Brandenberg has been a self-proclaimed “Dallas Ambassador” for out-of-town friends and colleagues for years. Denise started her career as an advertising agency copywriter, recruiter, and manager of online forums for an international meeting planning association. She ventured off on her own a few years ago, to start an adventurous career as a freelance writer and marketing consultant. Denise’s other work can be found at Global Road Warrior, USA Today, Chron.com, The Motley Fool, LovetoKnow, The Meeting Professional, and several other online publications.
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