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Jan 10, 2010 12:54 PM

Chinese food?

Where is a good Chinese restaurant in or near Evanston?

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  1. Chinatown, a few miles south of the Loop. I know, it sounds like a joke, but it's not. None of the places in the vicinity of Evanston has consistently impressed me, and when I want really good Chinese food, I go down to Chinatown.

    However, of the ones I've tried in and around Evanston, the best one I've found is Koi, in downtown Evanston ( ). I've had several dinners there; sometimes it has actually been very good, but other times, it's been less so. What I like about it is that they're not afraid to make dishes spicy, and also, the portion sizes are quite large, thereby offsetting the somewhat high prices there. So when I want Chinese and I don't feel like going all the way to Chinatown, I go back to Koi.

    Whatever you do, don't bother with Pine Yard; it's dreadful.

    I'm open to other suggestions, so if anyone can suggest another place in the area, please do!