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Aug 8, 2006 07:24 AM

upset by mon lung?

despite the good reviews i've read on other boards, everytime i eat at Mon Lung on Ashland, in Noble Square, i get a stomach ache. anyone have similar experience? can you suggest a better chinese restaurant?

i've heard of Eat First 2, haven't tried it, but seems more to be chinese/american food for eating on the sofa while watching a movie. i am interested in Green Ginger, but not sure about papajin.

certainly wondering about places in the wicker park, bucktown, noble square, logan square, etc. area, along with any other places in the city. i am interested in lao sze chuan, as well. not as interested in cantonese/dim sum style.

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  1. Friendship Chinese delivers
    2830 N. Milwaukee, Chicago
    Tel: (773) 227-0970

    Not sure it's relevatory food, and I definitely like the interesting dishes at Lao Sze Chuan more, but for delivery in Bucktown it's better than the alternatives.

    1. Granted I haven't eaten it in a couple of years since I moved from the neighborhood, but I always found Eat First 2 the better(and...remember...this is relative) of all the usual leafletting suspects. Caveat: I don't do any kind of noodle dish from takeout Chinese/American places...apps...soups...entrees...rice...etc...only. I can't speak to their noodles. They actually include a healthy quantity of dry-fried red chiles in their kung pao(always a good sign).

      I've never been a fan of Papajin...overpriced, consistently underwhelming food.

      Lao Sze Chuan is one of my favorite restaurants, period, in the city. We're talking apples and oranges here, tho. What "szechuan, hunan, yunan" you find on any run-of-the-mill delivery menu is guaranteed to be unrecognizably Cantonese-American-ified.

      1. thanks for the replies. i think i will try friendship, then, for local convenience.
        i have continuously heard wavering reviews of papajin, so we'll see if i ever get around to it.

        i'm getting more and more excited to try lao sze chuan. i really hope it is as good as others say and without any negative experience. i miss real chinese food like i had living in san francisco and during my travels to china/hong kong.

        1. You said "i miss real chinese food like i had living in san francisco and during my travels to china/hong kong."

          Ah, I'm not sure we can compete with the Pacific Northwest or China itself in this arena :)

          1. well, that is still good to know, so that i don't set my expectations too high.

            i can certainly say that san francisco and china/hong kong can't compete with chicago in the area of pizza. that's one slice of heaven they'll never be able to match : )