In search of a new favorite Chinese spot?
Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best affordable Chinese restaurants around Chicago, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of the best spots to venture when cravings strike.
1. Chi Cafe
Topping the list is Chi Cafe. Located at 2160 S. Archer Ave., Suite A (between Cermak Road and 21st Street.), the Chinese spot is the most popular cheap Chinese restaurant in Chicago, boasting four stars out of 1,137 reviews on Yelp. The menu features items like egg rolls and noodle soup.
The site has lots more information on Chi Cafe.
“Chi Cafe was established in 2008 located in the heart of Chinatown Square,” according to the history section of the business’s Yelp profile. “We’re a modern eatery with late-night hours serving an extensive menu of classic Chinese dishes.”
2. Chiu Quon Bakery & Dim Sum
Next up is Chiu Quon Bakery & Dim Sum, situated at 2253 S. Wentworth Ave. (between Alexander and 23rd streets). With four stars out of 342 reviews on Yelp, the bakery, which offers dim sum and more, has proven to be a local favorite for those looking for a cheap option. Look for pastries and steamed buns on the menu.
3. Chop Suey City
Brighton Park’s Chop Suey City, located at 3825 S. Archer Ave. (between Campbell Avenue and Rockwell Street), is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the cheap Chinese spot 4.5 stars out of 84 reviews. Don’t miss the orange chicken and shrimp fried rice.
Furthermore, we found this about the business’s signature items: “Chop Suey City offers a large extensive menu featuring delicious Chinese American-style food served with a lot of flavor and love!” it notes on Yelp in the section about specialties. “We use 100% vegetable oil to cook our fresh food. Our most popular dishes include orange chicken, beef and broccoli, egg rolls and crab rangoon!”
4. Xi’an Cuisine
And then there’s Xi’an Cuisine, a Chinatown favorite with four stars out of 192 reviews. Stop by 225 W. Cermak Road (between Wentworth and Cottage Grove avenues) to hit up the Chinese spot next time you’re looking to satisfy your cravings on a budget. The menu offers deep-fried skewers and hand-stretched noodles.
Yelper Siew Y., who reviewed Xi’an Cuisine on March 10 wrote, “Great place for a simple quick bite, such as the pork or beef open face pocket sandwiches or simple bowls of spicy noodles and your choice of meats. Many spicy options on the menu!”
Yelper Avita T. wrote, “My go-to place when I am looking for a cheap, wholesome and authentic meal.”