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Best Chinese outside of Chinatown?

Trying to find a good place to go without trekking to Chinatown. Anything noteworthy in Back Bay (I know - nothing), South End or Cambridge? Thanks as always...

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  1. Some from experience, some from lurking:
    Sechuan- Sechuan Garden-Brookline or Woburn
    Sechuan Gourmet- Framingham and Billerica (my fave)
    Chili Garden - Medford
    Fuloon- Malden

    Mixed, with "americanized" versions as well, reportedly good ones: Mary Chung, Central Sq

    Mixed good Cantonese (I think)- Qingdao Garden Cambridge

    Shanhaiese( I think)- Shangri la Belmont
    I think there's another one over near Harvard Stadium that's gotten good comments.

    I'm sure you'll have a lot of other responses filling this in.

    1. Nothing in either Back Bay or South End that I can think of. Allston has Shanghai Gate and the Waterfront area has Eastern Pier II, but that's about it for Boston spots outside of Chinatown as far as I can remember.

      Cambridge has four respectable or better spots: Qingdao Garden, Mary Chung, Mulan, and Changsho. It also has some awful places. Shangri La in Belmont is close to the Cambridge border and is very good. Some folks speak well of Zoe's in Somerville, but I didn't care for it much.

      Sichuan Garden in Brookline Village has fans, though my experience was not the best there. Haven't been to Sichaun Gourmet in Framingham, but many on this board seem to like it. China Sky in Wellesley, Lotus Blossom in Sudbury, and Quan's Kitchen in North Attleboro are varying degrees of respectable, better than the usual suburban Chinese dreck epitomized by Kowloon in Saugus or Yangtze River in Lexington.

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      1. re: bachslunch

        Although Yangtze does do a better than usual suburban dim sum. They actually roll the carts and have a fairly decent selection.

        for "american" chinese, there's also a second China Sky in Winchester, and some like the Great Wall in Bedford.

      2. Maybe not "authentic" but Bernards in the Chestnut Hill MAll has delicious, very fresh chinese food. They often have specials like clams with black bean sauce, salt and pepper fried soft shell crab etc. Nice veggies. They will make you anything you want.

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        1. Sichuan Garden, Sichuan Gourmet, Fuloon, Qingdao Garden, Wang's, Shangri-La.

          1. Sichuanese: Sichuan Garden; FuLoon (latter is actually astonishingly versatile); either one in a heartbeat over Sichuan Gourmet, Anise, Chilli Garden or Zoe's, though any of these would be preferable to most Mandarin-Hunan-Sichuan (i.e Chinese-American) places.

            Northern Chinese: Qingdao Garden in North Cambridge; Beijing Star in Waltham.

            Taiwanese: MuLan in East Cambridge; Shangri La in Belmont

            Shanghainese: Shanghai Gate in Allston

            These are all places to track down real deal Chinese stuff. I wouldn't put Changsho in that class.