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Best Chinese restaurant

the house special tofu dinner with a plate of pot stickers (top right) and other appetizers from the Little Szechuan. Photo: Phil Skinner / staff

The house special tofu dinner with a plate of pot stickers (top right) and other appetizers from Little Szechuan. Photo: Phil Skinner / staff

YOUR PICKS

1) Little Szechuan in Doraville

You say, “Year after year, still the best Chinese food in the area. There may be newer, fancier and prettier Chinese restaurants around, but ‘Little Szechuan’ is still the best.”

2) Golden Buddha in Decatur

3) Tasty China in Marietta

4) Canton Cooks in Sandy Springs

5) Grand China in Buckhead

Hot and numbing dried beef at Tasty China. Photo: Elissa Eubanks/ staff

Hot and numbing dried beef at Tasty China. Photo: Elissa Eubanks/ staff

OUR PICKS

1) Tasty China

Dining critic Meridith Ford Goldman says, “This gem is one of the best Sichuan restaurants in the area, even though some of my favorites, such as the scallion bubble pancakes, left with the exit of chef Peter Chang years ago. …  It’s still hard to beat its fiery version of dan dan noodles, with spaghetti-like noodles, vegetables and lots of chili oil.” See her complete round-up for more on each of these Chinese treasures.

2) Frank Ma South

3) Cafe 101

4) Chef Liu

5) Canton House

114 comments Add your comment

Da Judge

January 25th, 2010
5:40 pm

I really feel that Tasty China is heads and sholders above anything else in Atlanta. Their ” Numb and Numb ” selections are addictive. cafe 101 is pretty good…

Food King

January 25th, 2010
5:40 pm

Dine in: Chin Chin, Kennesaw

Take out: New China, Acworth

SharpBlondie

January 25th, 2010
5:41 pm

Brookhaven Chin Chin

2sweet

January 25th, 2010
5:45 pm

Peking Cafe: Lawrenceville.. Good stuff!!

2sweet

January 25th, 2010
5:46 pm

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JD

January 25th, 2010
5:48 pm

Chou Lee’s on Covington Highway in Lithonia. The best restaurant hands down, and I love Chinese food and have tried a lot.

Scott

January 25th, 2010
5:51 pm

House of Chan in Smyrna…….not even close….great little Chinese place that fills up quick at lunchtime. Try the Kulu Chicken or Hunan Shrimp

Casey

January 25th, 2010
5:56 pm

If you want to judge what is the best “real” Chinese food, count how many Chinese people are eating their the next time you visit. If mostly Caucasian and Mexican patrons, you are not in a good Chinese restaurant.

Old Timer

January 25th, 2010
5:58 pm

Anyone remember China One that used to be on Cobb Parkway across from Dobbins Air Force Base? I miss that place.

Tonya

January 25th, 2010
6:09 pm

Chin Chin – Only Ponce de Leon location NOT Kennesaw..yuckkkk!!
and Orient Express (Vinings)

BuHi

January 25th, 2010
11:19 pm

There really is some phenomenal Chinese food in Atlanta – both on and off Buford Highway. Unfortunately, the understanding of ethnic food in Atlanta does not in general run very deep and I hesitate to share some of the better places here, as I’ve seen too many bashed in public forums like these. If you like Americanized Chinese – that’s great, there seem to be plenty of offerings in that space. If you really want to get deeper into some of the best of Atlanta’s ethnic cuisines, I’d suggest digging around Atlanta’s food blogging community. There are quite a few people putting some pretty serious work into discovering and explaining the incredible food scene this town has to offer.

General Tso

January 26th, 2010
1:08 am

Canton Cooks in Sandy Springs: Hands down, the best! The food is very authentic.

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Charlotte

January 26th, 2010
7:01 am

Hong Kong Harbor on Cheshire Bridge!!!

Amy

January 26th, 2010
8:09 am

Oriental Pearl (New Peachtree Road and Chamblee Dunwoody) for Cantonese cuisine. It serves dim sim (small dishes like tapas) everyday.

Kay

January 26th, 2010
8:17 am

Imperial of China, Covington Highway in Decatur

John W.

January 26th, 2010
9:27 am

Ya Shu Yuen in Roswell. Absolute best service and food around. Been going there for 13 years.

Max

January 26th, 2010
9:49 am

Without a doubt it’s Cafe 101 in Doraville.

LS

January 26th, 2010
12:04 pm

China Garden in Douglasville

A.H

January 26th, 2010
12:08 pm

Chef Chen on S Cobb! Its new but the food is FANTASTIC! Definitely the best chinese food I have had in a long time!

MM

January 26th, 2010
12:32 pm

Grand China in Buckhead–the best!

Mai

January 26th, 2010
12:40 pm

Dragon Restaurant on Wesley Chapel is the best.

Larry Korn

January 26th, 2010
1:09 pm

Tasty China on Franklin and the South Marietta Parkway in Marietta serves the best, most authentic and original Szechuan fare out there.

Angie K

January 26th, 2010
1:22 pm

Happy China – Woodstock

LamaPama

January 26th, 2010
1:58 pm

1st WOK on Buford HWY.. GREAT FOOD and Kings Springs on South Cobb Dr. Also excellent food!

CDM

January 26th, 2010
2:11 pm

China Panda on Flat Shoals Pkwy & Flakes Mill. Best I have ever had. Haven’t found one to top it yet.

Bill

January 26th, 2010
2:27 pm

Emerald China in Duluth

Steve Brown

January 26th, 2010
3:24 pm

Dynasty Garden next to Northlake Mall. Best value by far.

Annie

January 26th, 2010
4:51 pm

YEN JING is awesome, best sweet and sour pork, best potstickers in town. They are across from Pine Tree Plaza on Buford Hwy – yummy!!!!

DtotheC

January 26th, 2010
5:10 pm

China Inn on Peachtree Industrial is the best, hands down!!!

PH

January 26th, 2010
8:46 pm

New Lucky China – northeast Cob (intersection of Shallowford and Sandy Plains) – great food and great prices!

Jim

January 26th, 2010
10:33 pm

Hong Kong Star in Acworth on Hwy. 41 @ Mars Hill Rd.
Great food! I’ve never been disappointed. They exceed your expectations with great food at a fair price!

Lillie

January 27th, 2010
2:16 pm

Pyng Ho (no competition)

drockp

January 27th, 2010
2:25 pm

Canton Cooks in Sandy Springs

Marshall

January 27th, 2010
2:27 pm

Grand China on Peachtree has been in business 30 years in Buckhead. Need I say more?

M Huff

January 27th, 2010
2:34 pm

Tasty China!

CPM

January 27th, 2010
2:47 pm

Chopstix on Roswell Road

Dennis Felton, former UGA Basketball Coach

January 27th, 2010
3:44 pm

Tasty China … and it ain’t even close. Fills me and my mustache to the brim every time!

Feeb

January 27th, 2010
4:14 pm

Simons in Alpharetta

rick

January 27th, 2010
9:28 pm

Emerald China, Duluth

Great Food and Service. Have tried others, but they do not compare.

Sloane

January 27th, 2010
10:27 pm

Canton Cooks in Sandy Springs. Worth the wait. Closest to the awesome Chinese food you find in New York!

Kathy

January 28th, 2010
8:40 am

Emerald China – Duluth
Finally, I have found a Chinese restaurant that I love.

amber

January 28th, 2010
9:23 am

Canton Cooks!

Susan Cortez

January 28th, 2010
12:53 pm

By far, hands down, “Fortune Cookie” at Briarcliff and North Druid Hills at Loehman’s Plaza. Quality, consistency, excellent service, reasonable prices and welcoming environment. Have not had one bad dish on the menu – Lunch specials extremely generous.

Kara

January 28th, 2010
1:44 pm

Canton Cooks in Sandy Springs. Fantastic!

Bob

January 28th, 2010
2:24 pm

Jade Garden-East Point
Best Mongolian Beef. Better than Hong Kong.

Paul

January 28th, 2010
4:02 pm

Little Szechuan on Buford Hwy. Year after year, still the best Chinese food in the area. There may be newer, fancier, and prettier Chinese restaurants around, but Litle Szechuan’s still the best. Love the Eggplant with Garlic Sauce and Shrimp Egg Foo Yung!

moss

January 28th, 2010
4:13 pm

Big Joy in Stone Mountain the best! Mandarian Beef is my fav.

GA_Caver

January 28th, 2010
6:38 pm

When weighing price verses quality – there are some hidden gems out there.
I wont give names … I’m not advertising — just drive there and enjoy the food

– The restaurant on Chamblee tucker Road – Buford Hwy heading S from 285 – Right on C.T. road – it’s on the right. It’s always a treat – less common dishes and superb quality.
– The jewel of Buford Hwy …. it’s between Pinetree Plaza and McClave Drive (northbound side) – The seafood dishes are the best
– Clairmont has two restaurants – one just south of N Druid Hills and the other just before N Decatur Rd (both on the northbound side)
– Cobb: Go north on 41, turn right @ the Big Chicken , and it’s under the bridge on the left – (shouldn’t all directions should include the Big Chicken)
– Cobb: go WAY up 41 to the Cobb/ Bartow line – Find the Ceadercrest Publix – then left two doors , have your choice of excellent Chinese or Japanese Hibachi – both outstanding and fairly priced.
– If you’re on Pleasant Hill – go to P’tree Industrial and in front of the Kroger there’s a green place that’s great.

– Southside … well … there’s a great place on Eisenhower (Macon) and the one Abercorn just N of the mall (Savannah) are worth the time.
– Dalton – Walnut and Thornton – the best buffet in Georgia

OK – the last ones are a stretch – but if you’re in that area you’ll have a known haven for good Chinese

Howard G.

January 28th, 2010
8:31 pm

Being a fan of Chinese; I like the House of Chan in Marietta, I also enjoy Xin Xin. Long time ago Atlanta had its own authentic restaurant called Hontos, too bad they are nolonger in business. I also enjoy PF Changs but there portions are small.