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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

Cindy

January 25th, 2010
1:05 pm

Dragon Restaurant on Wesley Chapel in Decatur.

Buford Highway Exile

January 25th, 2010
1:46 pm

I’m an Atlanta resident and I just came back from Seattle and Tacoma, both have amazingly good and cheap Asian foods. And it was better than Atlantas.

But, my Chinese favorites in Atlanta are Little Szechuan, New Paridise, Cafe 101 (which is very popular with the Asian community) and Canton House for Dim Sum on Sunday. There are many more that are just OK, but have one or two rare standout dishes and these places are literally “hole in the walls”, so check them out. Unfortunately, it’s tough to find a good, inexpensive Chinese restaurant these days along Buford Highway. Little Szechuans prices have gone up for dinner, yet the lunch combos are mostly under $9.00 and are a steal with regard to the quality and quantity, I highly recommend their lunch.

Bill

January 25th, 2010
3:42 pm

Grand China in Buckhead is probably the best I’ve had in Atlanta

JSNEAD

January 25th, 2010
4:02 pm

Art

January 25th, 2010
4:05 pm

Pyng Ho on Clairmont near Emory. Best fish in town!

Jenn

January 25th, 2010
4:07 pm

Malaya on Collier/Howell Mill. Tom Yum is to die for!

Ms. Mac

January 25th, 2010
4:09 pm

Imperial of China, Covington@Glenwood

Jax

January 25th, 2010
4:10 pm

Canton Cooks on Roswell Rd

mr lee

January 25th, 2010
4:12 pm

Panda Express

Jason

January 25th, 2010
4:12 pm

Jade Dragon on lawrenceville suwanee Rd.http://www.jadedragonwokout.com/

Kevin C

January 25th, 2010
4:15 pm

1. China Inn on Peachtree Industrial Blvd.
2. Canton Cooks on Roswell Rd.

Jeff

January 25th, 2010
4:16 pm

Lucky China on Chamblee-Dunwoody Rd. in the Georgetown Shopping Center. Hands-down the best in ATL!

Ganners

January 25th, 2010
4:19 pm

Hunan Gourmet

January 25th, 2010
4:20 pm

In Sandy Springs, been there forever. Highest quality, impeccable flavor.

CC

January 25th, 2010
4:20 pm

Hong Li on Collier Rd

Johnny Reb

January 25th, 2010
4:20 pm

Little Szechuan on Buford Hwy. Best Chinese food in the metro area!

Sean

January 25th, 2010
4:22 pm

Food Court @ Chinatown Mall
Royal China Chamblee
Ming’s BBQ Ranch 99 Center
Corner Bistro II Ranch 99 Center

Steph

January 25th, 2010
4:23 pm

Used to be Kwong Chow on Buford Highway in Doraville/Chamblee. Since they are gone I don’t really give bragging rights to any Chinese restaurant, but I will say Chin Chin is pretty good (small portions) and Rainbow Asia on Sixes in Canton.

Jerri

January 25th, 2010
4:23 pm

Chopstix in the Chastian Shopping Center on Roswell Rd. in Buckhead. It has been there for 2 years. Excellent restaurant!

J.W.

January 25th, 2010
4:28 pm

Grand China on Peachtree Rd.

Andy R

January 25th, 2010
4:33 pm

China Inn, Peachtree Blvd.

Union City

January 25th, 2010
4:35 pm

Mua Lan in Midtown.

34

January 25th, 2010
4:35 pm

LC

January 25th, 2010
4:36 pm

Lavenders Asian Bistro in Snellville, China Chef in Snellville. Forget that Panda Express stuff, can’t compare

Adam

January 25th, 2010
4:39 pm

Little Szechuan, China Inn (Chamblee Plaza), and honorable mention for Hunan Gourmet in Sandy Springs.

Flied Lice

January 25th, 2010
4:40 pm

Since Uncle Tai’s left Phipps, I haven’t found any high quality chinese restaurants. But, Flavors of Thailand in Jonesboro is pretty good (serves both Thai and Chinese).

redd

January 25th, 2010
4:40 pm

Chin Chin by the old City Hall east on Memorial drive. Its pricey but its worth it.

schezuan

January 25th, 2010
4:43 pm

tasty china fo sho…..

PJ

January 25th, 2010
4:44 pm

Xian or Cafe 101 are the best.

Matt

January 25th, 2010
4:44 pm

Little Bangkok on Cheshire Bridge — Thai and Chinese! The Tom Ka Soup is fantastic and the lunch specials are only $5!

Garth Algar

January 25th, 2010
4:44 pm

I’ll second the nomination of Chin Chin 2. However its located on ponce…

Richard

January 25th, 2010
4:46 pm

Little Schezwan on Buford Highway.

G

January 25th, 2010
4:47 pm

Yu’s Chopstix in the Braselton area. Great Hunan recipies.. Can’t wait to celebrate the year of the Tiger on Valentines day!

miss daisy

January 25th, 2010
4:48 pm

Canton House on Buford Hwy is so much fun with the little silver carts of Dim Sum and the servers. It’f fun to watch the families at the huge round tables and try new exotic foods. Worth the time and effort to get to that part of town,yum yum.

SLS

January 25th, 2010
4:50 pm

Main Moon Sigman Rd Conyers, Lucky Key Lavista Rd.

Tony

January 25th, 2010
4:52 pm

Golden Buddah

Jan

January 25th, 2010
4:52 pm

Sun Garden at intersection of 124 & 324 in Buford/Dacula

Don

January 25th, 2010
5:00 pm

Chian Inn in Chamblee … order from the Chinese menu

Andi

January 25th, 2010
5:00 pm

Atlanta Native

January 25th, 2010
5:02 pm

While Little Szechuan would be my number 1 for many years, the last two offerings I had there were not up to par, and I did not recognize anyone. Has it been sold?

Pung Mie is very good. Ming’s BBQ is great for meat. If Chopstix is still around, they were always great.

Dim Sum at First China is the very best I have had.

Chef Liu has moved from the kiosk to a storefront and has a new menu, it is great.

Lisa

January 25th, 2010
5:03 pm

Fancy Chinese, definitely Chopstix. Regular, Chin Chin but only the Brookhaven location

PR

January 25th, 2010
5:03 pm

Orient Express in Vinings

julia

January 25th, 2010
5:03 pm

grand china on peachtree

Austin

January 25th, 2010
5:11 pm

Chinese Buddha on 10th St. hands down.

Egger

January 25th, 2010
5:12 pm

Chef Liu on Buford Highway!

Will

January 25th, 2010
5:18 pm

Little Szechuan

Charlie S

January 25th, 2010
5:23 pm

Chopstix on Roswell Road. I think Jerri meant to say it has been there for 25 years, not 2 years. Pricy, and a special occasion restaurant, but absolutely superb. Also, greetings to Tommy at the Orient Express in Vinings.

LH

January 25th, 2010
5:24 pm

Emerald China, corner of Peachtree Industrial and Pleasant Hill.

Mr. Chang

January 25th, 2010
5:25 pm

Wok ‘n Roll

holli

January 25th, 2010
5:27 pm

china cafe in ellenwood……so good

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.

RL

January 28th, 2010
9:50 pm

Golden Buddha!!!!!!!!!

MarrG

January 28th, 2010
11:37 pm

Golden Buddha is my favorite “American Chinese” restaurant, but for more authentic/adventurous food, Li’l Szech is the winner!

betsy

January 29th, 2010
9:29 am

Delicious kabob!

robert

January 29th, 2010
11:25 am

Canton Cooks in Sandy Springs! Salt & Pepper squid and snow pea greens.

Rucky

January 29th, 2010
1:21 pm

House of Lu III on Powder Springs Rd; Marietta. Lunch is very reasonable.

Joja Girl

January 29th, 2010
2:16 pm

House of Chan on Cobb Parkway. Best by a mile.

you knew it was gonna happen

January 29th, 2010
2:37 pm

flying bisquit cafe

Dennis

January 29th, 2010
2:42 pm

Dynastic Buffet, Canton Highway & Piedmont Road (Cobb County), has such a wide variety of appetizers and entrees, and everything is excellent, especially the fish dishes. And at a low price!

Dee

January 29th, 2010
3:28 pm

Grand China on peachtree, the best Chinese in Atlanta

Salerno

January 30th, 2010
8:23 am

Sun Garden . . . if you want the best!

Allen Waters

January 30th, 2010
9:48 am

Golden Buddha on Clairmont! Super Grand Buffet on 85 and Pleasant Hill!

jcmatl

January 30th, 2010
7:40 pm

HONTO! Chamblee nothing close since,

Michael

January 30th, 2010
10:39 pm

The absolute best one, especially for dim sum, is Oriental Pearl in Chamblee. There’s also one which was recently reviewed in Atlanta magazine which is fantastic, cheap, and unknown called Northern China Eatery on Buford Highway near Shallowford. It’s a different region of Chinese cuisine, but it’s fantastic as well. It’s also super-reasonable.

jsh

January 31st, 2010
6:06 am

Chopstix in Chastain Square Shopping Center in Buckhead on Roswell Rd has to be the best chinese restuarant in the area. Great food and superb wait staff!