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March 10, 2008

Lao Sze Chuan

by gastronomicbypass

Location – 2172 S. Archer Ave. (New Chinatown Mall)

In one word – Tony’s

Food – So this place serves up authentic Szechwan cuisine and overall it’s good.  My favorite, by far, was Tony’s chicken.  It’s kind of like Sweet and Sour Chicken, except crispier, spicier and not served with that goopy sauce.  They have an overwhelming menu (it’s pages and pages).  Your best bet is to go with someone who knows a lot about the cuisine and can make informed ordering decisions.  Otherwise, it’s a total crap shoot on what you’ll get.  Another time I came, I went upstairs to eat hot pot (kind of like Chinese fondue in a way).  That was a fun, interactive experience.  At the end of the meal, you get your fortune cookie.  For the first time in my life, I played the lotto numbers on the back of my fortune…but I didn’t win.

Drink – It’s unclear on whether beer is an option or not here.  We tried to order it and were told it’s only served by the case.  I didn’t really know what to make of that.  You’re better up loading up on the tea that they serve you at the table. 

Service – I don’t know of a place in Chinatown that has exceptional service.  With that in mind, this place wasn’t THAT bad.  I mean, you may not get all of your questions about the menu answered, but you will get your food.  Isn’t that all can ask for?

Scene – It’s your standard Chinese restaurant scene.  No frills, no one to impress, just good food to eat.  It’s fine to come here with a group.  There are plenty of large tables here.

Cost – You can get away with paying $20 for an entree and an appetizer. 

If you like, try…Happy Chef, Joy Yee’s


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