Dallas' Five Best Chinese Restaurants

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I am not a Jewish person, but I like Jewish things. Latkes top my list. As does getting drunk. Gefilte fish doesn't excite me very much, but Christmas does, which isn't Jewish at all, but you know the drill: movies, Chinese food, drunk. I'm good at these things.

These are City of Ate's five favorites including our recent Best of Dallas winner for Best Chinese Restaurant. For the record, I've eaten at none of these restaurants (though I'm kind of fantasizing about Christmas Day five-way binge). The list was lovingly curated by the Dallas Observer staff and all of Dallas -- a few are readers picks. Get more of Dallas' best with our Best Of app, available for the Droid and the iPhone.

Royal China, pictured above
Xiao long bao dumplings are like little tiny presents that explode in your mouth. And hand pulled noodles beat those prepared versions that often end up in a clump like a tennis ball in the bottom of your bowl. You guys liked Royal China too, awarding the Preston Royal spat a Readers Choice award this year. I'm starting my binge here.

*****

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Howard Wang's China Grill
Howard Wang's, on Northwest Highway at Midway Road, boasts a clean modern space not unlike Royal China. (It opened in 2005.) The restaurant was successful enough to warrant a second, fancier location in Uptown.

*****


Maxim's
Dim sum people -- cart after cart after cart after cart of greasy delicious food, one small bite at a time. In 2007 we ordained Maxim's the best place to eat till you explode. The end of the world is coming, haven't you heard? You might as well go out with a bang.

*****

Caravelle Chinese and Vietnamese Perfect for when you have a large group of picky eaters or you want pho to go with your sesame chicken. Caravelle is also located in a strip mall with 700 other Asian restaurants and a grocery store. Pick up some fresh lychees for the ride home.

*****

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First Chinese
They may not have really been first, but they'll stake the claim anyway. Serving up the juiciest slabs of roast pork, fattiest slices of duck and tastiest Cantonese comfort food locally for 23 years earned First Chinese Observer's Best this year.


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55 comments
Kt Althoff
Kt Althoff

dude really? caravelle made the list? who is brave enough to eat at that place these days? SO GROSS.

newcolonist
newcolonist

This is nothing but a list of restaurants you have never eaten at. Pathetic.

newcolonist
newcolonist

This is nothing but a list of restaurants you have never eaten at. Pathetic.

gabe
gabe

Mr. Wok on 14th in Plano has the amazing Beggars chicken, has to be ordered 24 hours ahead, it is amazing, and any shrimp dish there is excellent, this is a must.

Ass
Ass

I'm a little disappointed that the Dallas Observer hipster readers did vote in Jade Garden.  First off, it's actually in Dallas.  Secondly, it's a gentrifying part of the city, near the Dallasite bar and a stone's throw away from Bryan Street Tavern.  Hipsters love gentrification. Sure, it looks sketchy inside, but the food is tasty and more authentic most of the places on that list.  The beef flat noodle and orange beef there are my favorite items. 

Shane
Shane

I was surprised to not see any of the Sichuan places (Royal Sichuan or Little Sichuan) on the list as well as First Emperor or North China....all of which fall outside of Dallas proper.

Mr_rhs
Mr_rhs

Lee's Chinese at Coit and Campbell.

Keithdylan
Keithdylan

Yao Fuzi is good, but be adventurous there.  Do not order any dish you can also get at First Chinese BBQ, it will be just as good and $5 cheaper there.  Great soft shell crab at Yao.

Also, Taiwan Cafe in Plano and TC2 in Richardson, next door to Maxims.  For $6 you get 3 dishes, soup and rice.  Best deal in town.

Melster
Melster

Hello, May Dragon in Addison?

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

What about Hong Kong Express in Plano, at Parker + Alma?  Not trendy enough?  Not enough tools, and trendsters hangin' out.  No folks with tat's being EXTREME. Just folk.  Or is it because the COOL restaurants these days have one name, ala smoke, trend, blue, glass, and blah, blah, blah.  Hey, I'll put it on a plate fer ya, and throw some garnish on it-and charge you 20 bucks. 

TheCouple NextDoor
TheCouple NextDoor

Lately we're getting dumpling and soup action at Jeng Chi across the way from Maxim's.

matt
matt

Yao Fuzi in plano is hands down the best Chinese in the city. Royal China a solid second.

mark zero (Jason)
mark zero (Jason)

Taiwan Cafe's big on root vegetables in their dishes, which is great.I wasn't used to picking bits of bone out of my chopped poultry when I went the first time, but I am now :)

Guest
Guest

A good friend of mine loves this place. I'll have to try it.

therrick
therrick

Taiwan Cafe that is the other one I was thinking about. One of the few places I truly miss going to since I moved from Richardson. I used to skip lunch at work and then get enough food there to tide me over until the next day.

foodbitch
foodbitch

JOE CHOW is the mayor of CFOC: Chinese Food On Christmas.

G_David
G_David

The one on Ross?  I drive by that place several times a week.  Always curious, but not enough to actually go in.  Reminds me of the late, great Sunny Hamburger Teriyaki Breakfast that was a block down.

Bjd
Bjd

Dude. Stick to cutting and pasting

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Is there actually a Nosh or is that just my pretentious food nightmare?

I can't think of a more annoying possible name than that. But Smoke is legit good food.

foodbitch
foodbitch

Um, Caravelle is not trendy or cool. It's legit. AND it's in Richardson.Howard Wang's is a ridiculous name, however.

Beda
Beda

You hit on a perfect one-word name for a lot of the restaurants: "Blah."

Guest
Guest

My Chinese girlfriend and I tried to go to Jeng Chi the other night but they were closed. (?) So, she suggested, King's Noodle (Taiwanese) on Polk at Greenville across from FCBBQ. Very good and, very inexpensive. Delicious shrimp and pork won-ton soup. Very deeply flavored broth with a different style of won-ton than we normally see. They were larger and more "rustic" in nature.Instead of the shrimp and pork filling being finely minced together, the pork was more like a small meatball with a small whole shrimp "nestled" next to it.And, I was the only Caucasian in the restaurant.

sass
sass

That's where I'll be celebrating my very Jewish Christmas Eve. BYOB + XLB = Happiness.

Scott Reitz
Scott Reitz

I've had those dumplings. They're quite good.

Brian
Brian

plano isn't in dallas. last time i checked

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Gagreed. For those people not too afraid of the evil suburbs or not too snotty to head farther north than Belt Line, or those people who actually LIVE (gasp!) within any reasonable distance, you should get to Yao Fuzi. Order the soup dumplings.

Jon Daniel
Jon Daniel

I've known Joe since he was a waiter at August Moon. Nice guy, and nice family. The food has been consistent good for decades and used to be the best in town by FAR. But the influx of more authentically Chinese and different regional cuisines have made it harder to go see Joe. But he fills the place every lunch and dinner, so I guess his population of regulars still love him

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

oh hey (hug yawning pause) Twinwillow!  I guess I'm offended?  NOPE

Guest
Guest

Caravelle is way overpriced!

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

I always thought F+BJ=happiness.  I learn something everyday

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

Dear Brian,     I think "they" mean the area........do you understand?  Moron much?  Is Plano a suburb of New Hampshire?  F+ckhead.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

The world doesn't end outside of Dallas proper.

therrick
therrick

Neither is Maxim, First Chinese BBQ, or Caravelle.

And Maxim's dim sum does rule.

Bigjondaniel
Bigjondaniel

Bigjondaniel here. I travel for Chinese food. Used to go to arc en ceil back in the 90's . Maxim or Kirin now. 1st Chinese is pretty damn good. People who want real Chinese food go to the places that serve it. The irony is that the Richardson Chinese food corridor sits just a few miles from the endless Suburban chain food crapistan of Plano.

Brian
Brian

yao fuzi is pretty good

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Didn't know there was gonna be math up in heara..I was just looking for the best sweet and sour chihuahua west of the Trinity.

sass
sass

Well, sass is a girl. So my equation is a bit different.

primi_timpano
primi_timpano

Your equation is correct.  sass' equation only rises to the level of a mild gemutlichkeit.  Your equation is much more scalable than sass', eg n*(F+BJ)=happiness * n, where n is greater than 1.

Guest
Guest

Tch, tch, tch. Aren't we touchy. Does everyone in Plano feel insecure about having to live there? Or, just you?

Jon Daniel
Jon Daniel

I do not have a tatoo( at this moment), any piercings, or own a fedora. I do have a Nurburgring hat though

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

Thank you SG.  If we relied on the INCREDIBLY extreme, and COOL denizens of Dallas for our food needs, we would be hungry?  Or effing bored, with dudes with fedora's, tat's and piercings.  Last time I checked, a tat "cain't" make a pizza-or decent chicken parmesan. 

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