Chinese in Cincinnati
- Em Jun 17, 2006 08:37 AM
I've lived here five years and have yet to find a conveniently located, medium-price Chinese restaurant with consistently good quality. Used to like King Wok in Clifton but it doesn't seem as good as it used to. There's a storefront place in Dillonvale Shopping Center that's not bad, but it's distant from where I live. Suggestions will be appreciated!
Many people I know swear by Blue Gibbon in Bond Hill (link to website below). I've only eaten there once, 5+ years ago, and found it to be fine, but nothing special. However, I prefer Thai much more than Chinese food, so my opinion of my meal was definitely biased. Good luck on your search!
Try the House of Sun in Sharonville. It is just north of I-275 on US42/Reading Rd on the west/left side in at the begining of a strip mall.
DO NOT try the House of Sun in downtown Cincy only this one.
It has two menus, one containing standard Americanized Chinese and one containing very traditional and authentic dishes. You have to ask for the other/authentic menu explicitly as they will only give you the original.
They have a very good seaweed and garlic dish that is served cold. My favorite thing on either menu though is the Korean Noodle Soup, absolutely fantastic.
My personal favorite is the Szechuan Wok in Silverton, right on Montgomery Road. Not much to look at, but they've resisted the buffet trend and there's a real chef in the kitchen.
I've grown to like China Gourmet, on Erie Avenue in Hyde Park. It's not exactly cheap but everything is made with care. Try the eggplant.
Casual Chinese in Newport is my favorite place to grab takeout on the way home from work.
Another writer suggested House of Sun, and I've heard good things about that. Another restaurant I've wanted to try is Uncle Yip's in Fairfield, which specializes in seafood.
++Szechuan Wok in Silverton. Try their cold noodles in red oil sauce. Basically, what it says; the sauce is a combination of brown peanut based sauce and a dollop of red pepper oil on top.
I can only make one criticism of them. A couple of years ago I ate there with a friend and I found a fair sized piece of gravel - I mean a rock about the size of a pea - in my entree. It probably would have taken my crown out if I'd bitten down.
Otherwise - seems to be family owned and operated.