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Chicago Restaurants

Lao Sze Chuan

  • 2172 S. Archer Ave. Map It
  • Chinatown
  • Chinese

Updated 06/11/2013

Fodor's Review

If you're looking for spicy, filling food and great prices in Chinatown, check out this Szechuan kitchen from Tony Hu, the neighborhood's most prolific restaurateur. Chilies, garlic, and ginger seem to go into every dish, whether it's chicken, green beans, eggplant, or dumplings. The digs are nothing to write a postcard home about, but you'll feel smug for choosing it once the feast is finished and you're sipping your tea with a happy tummy.

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2172 S. Archer Ave., Chicago, Illinois, 60616, United States

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Updated 06/11/2013


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Jan 27, 2009


Last night we went to Lao Tze Chuan restaurant. We learned they had changed ownership, and wondered what the new management would be like. We arrived around 6:15, placed our order around 6:25. The food didn't come until 7:00 p.m. When the meal came, a big party (around 16 people) stood waiting for the round table next to us. Obviously, it wasn't big enough, so the management "borrowed" the table next to ours, and put it next to the round one.

The took all the chairs except for the two we were using. It was still not enough for the big pary. Next thing you know, the manager said they were moving us. I had chopsticks in my hands while sitting in my chair when our table suddenly was removed from underneath us. I was shocked, and the rest of the patrons grew silent and stared at me, expecting something to happen. I continued to eat the food still in my chopsticks as I sat alone in the middle of the open space. I finally got up and walked to our new table location, hearing "Sorry" and "Bu Hao Yisi." Then, our final dish came--sweet and sour pork. I was basically a breaded, fried pork chop with bones. My guest took one bite and spit it out. The meat was rotten. They offered to re-cook the dish. It was 7:15, and we about had enough. They took the dish back, and refused to take the order off the bill.

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By roberee

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Jan 5, 2009

Best Chinese Food in the West

Renowned for their expansive menu, including Dry Chili Chicken, Boiled Beef in Spicy Szechuan Sauce, Crispy Shrimp, Three Chili Chicken, Orange Beef. Also, their Hot Pot is top notch in Chicagoland. Service is attentive and they do not rush you out the door. Would go back to again and again.

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Jan 5, 2009

For the Price, the best Chinese

For the price range, $11-$15, the food was outstanding. The Orange Tenderloin Beef was the most tastiest I have had. Twice Cooked Pork was excellent. Great meal at a great value.

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