Friday, April 9, 2010

CHINESE

Metro Milwaukee Dining Guide

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China Dragon

15820 W. National Ave.

The regular menu boasts many standards, including egg foo young and hot/sour soup. The second menu is popular with Chinese patrons, with jellyfish, live steamed crabs and abalone as well as some very authentic meat dishes. The spiced salted shrimp are great served whole with the heads and shells still on. This superb menu has something for all tastes. (J.B.) $$. CC: MC, VS, AmEx. Handicap access. (262) 780-8839

China Gourmet

117 E. Wells St.

China Gourmet is known for its fine menu and superb weekday lunch and weekend dinner buffets. The menu offers unique items, particularly a spicy escargot appetizer and many regional Chinese dishes, the priciest being prepared with Maine lobster. Mu shu crepes are a house specialty, vegetarians will fare well and the duck here is excellent.. (J.B.) $$. CC: All major. FB. Handicap access. 272-1688

Chinese Pagoda

7200 W. North Ave.

If the Pagoda’s classic red-and-turquoise signage doesn’t grab your attention, the shrimp in lobster sauce certainly will. It’s just one standout dish among many at this Wauwatosa take-out staple. Traditional Cantonese dishes compliment the traditionally decorated dining room, which hasn’t changed in more than 40 years. Good thing the prices haven’t either; Chinese Pagoda is still flavorful deal in good eating. (J.D.) $-$$. CC: VS, MC, AmEx. FB, FF, RS. Handicap access. 774-8400

Ching Hwa

1947 E. Main St., Waukesha

Red walls and ornate Chinese light fixtures create the perfect ambiance for dining from an authentic Chinese menu. Sea cucumber and jellyfish entrees make for a flavorful departure from ordinary sweet-and-sour fare. Enjoy the specialty sea cucumbers sautéed in three different ways. Jellyfish is served with a cool, garlicky twist. A popular dining pick with the Asian community, expect to wait during busy dinner rushes and lunch hours. (J.D.) $-$$$. CC: All major. FB, RS for 5 . Handicap access. (262) 544-1983

East Garden

3600 N. Oakland Ave.

Skip the regular menu, which lists Chinese cuisine found anywhere. Instead, the daily “off menu” specials are unusual Chinese dishes: Jellyfish brims with sesame flavor and the mango chicken has an enchanting sweetness. There is no better wonton soup. And on a “healthy choice” menu, everything is steamed, not stir-fried. The regional Chinese menu is extensive. (J.B.) $-$$. CC: MC, VS, AmEx, DS. FB. 962-7460

Emperor of China

1010 E. Brady St.

Still among the most elegant of local Chinese restaurants in setting and décor, the Emperor is a bargain at lunchtime, when everything on the menu is under $10. Chose from attractively served chicken, pork, beef, vegetable and seafood dishes along with soup and spring rolls. The barroom off the foyer is a comfortable hideaway on busy Brady Street. (D.L.) $$ CC: MC, VS. RS, FB. Handicap access. 271-8889

Fortune Chinese Restaurant

2945 S. 108th St., 328-9890

5512 S. 108th St., 529-9988

If your idea of Chinese food is chicken chop suey and sesame chicken, ask for the standard menu. Otherwise, ask for the authentic Chinese menu, where you’ll find spicy shrimp, crispy skin chicken and even duck feet with Chinese mushrooms. The newer Hales Corners location has the nicer setting, but both have excellent food. Popular with the local Chinese community for good reason. (J.B.) $-$$. CC: MC, VS. 529-9988

Hop Sheng Gourmet

2428 N. Murray Ave.

Though there are just 11 tables, the menu has a broad list of regional Chinese favorites ranging from the mild to the hot and spicy. There are a few dim sum selections and some more unusual entrees such as pork meatballs braised in soy sauce and a three-course Peking duck dinner. The setting is casual, more geared toward carry-outs and delivery. But everything here is well above average and the menu offers good value, especially at lunchtime. (J.B.) $$. CC: All major. Handicap access. 906-8888

Jing’s

207 E. Buffalo St.

A busy Downtown spot for carry-outs and sit-down lunches, Jing’s features a Chinese-American buffet with few surprises in its selection of pork-fried rice, egg drop soup and crab Rangoon—think Oriental comfort food. The flavors are distinct and ordering from the menu has gained in popularity. The setting is distinct. Modern and elegant, with an exposed brick outer wall and pastel plaster minimally adorned with framed calligraphy, Jing’s is a pleasant place for a fast bite. (D.L.) $$. CC: Not accepted. Handicap access. 271-7788

Lucky Liu’s

1664 N. Van Buren St.

Are you torn between an order of kung pao shrimp and California roll? Then Luck Liu’s is the place for you. The menu is half Japanese and half Chinese. They also offer delivery of the entire menu. Have that fire dragon maki roll at home. The Japanese side is mainly sushi and sashimi, no tempura or teriyaki dishes. The Chinese is more extensive with a fine vegetarian ma po to fu and bacon pan-fried shrimp made with a skillful dark sauce. Prices are on the low end especially for lunch. Everything is prepared to order. (J.B.) $-$$ CC: MC,VS,DS. Handicap access. 223-1699

Peony Dim Sum

11120 W. Bluemound Road

Peony is the area’s sole choice for a proper dim sum menu. The steamed dumplings and shrimp are delicious, as are the small crepes wrapped around roasted duck meat. Conges are rice gruel soups with a variety of ingredients. The menu ranges from duck spring roll to chicken feet and spiced tripe. There also is an extensive regional Chinese menu but the dim sum makes Peony truly unique. (J.B.) $-$$. CC: All major. OD, FB. Handicap access. 443-6455

P.F. Chang’s China Bistro

2500 N. Mayfair Road

(at the mall)

Though a national chain, the Chinese food here is quite acceptable. Regional favorites include Peking dumplings, Mongolian beef and Szechuan long beans. Start with chicken in lettuce wraps and finish with a banana spring roll. More malls should have restaurants this good. (J.B.) $$. CC: All major. FB, Handicap access. 607-1029

William Ho’s

3524 N. Oakland Ave.

The best Asian noodles in town are found at William Ho’s, long the standard bearer for Chinese food on the East Side. Ho’s lengthy menu includes many seafood dishes. Live fish are housed in tanks in the lobby. (J.B.) $$. CC: All major. FB. 963-9781