Restaurant Listings: Chinese
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221 Country Club Park (Crestline Village, Mountain Brook)
Dine-in, take-out and delivery. A thread on cheap eats on Chowhound.com in August 2007 noted, "They are quick, pretty inexpensive, and more importantly, they DELIVER. I've had their pot stickers and steamed chicken and vegetables. Both were very tasty."
2656 Valleydale Rd (near intersection with Caldwell Mill)
This Indian Springs are restaurant was recommended by a Bhamdining.com reader: "Really great food, and huge portions! Living off of 280, this really beats Golden Palace, and any of the others around here."
813 Green Springs Hwy Ste F
On Green Springs Hwy. across from Mazer's in the Homewood area, Chop Suey's claim to fame locally is they reportedly seem to have nearly replicated the egg roll recipe from the legendary Joy Young's. Other than that, they're said to have good, inexpensive, Americanized Chinese takeout food. One person described it on Chowhound.com as "the little hole in the wall that could," and someone on the Homewood board on Al.com said, "Chop Suey is much better than that over-priced place on Valley."
114 Wildwood Pkwy. (Homewood)
We haven't been there, but a couple of readers recommend it. "They'll ruin every other Chinese restaurant for you," says one. Another writes, "I have eaten at countless "Chinese" restaurants. I thought Wang's was good until I tried the Dragon. They have the best hot and sour soup I have ever eaten." A review last year on ChefMoz.org says, "It is probably the best Chinese food you will ever eat. The service is friendly, the atmosphere authentic, and all dishes are served without the addition of MSG."
7740 Crestwood Blvd. (Irondale area, near Century Plaza)
Huge, all-you-can eat buffet with more than 100 items daily. Open for lunch and dinner seven days a week. Get it to go by the pound. You can also order off the menu.
7001 Crestwood Blvd # 606 (west of Century Plaza)
We haven't been there, but have heard from others that they have excellent hot and sour soup and some of the best egg rolls in town.
514 Cahaba Park Circle (off Hwy. 280 across from Target plaza)
Reviewers on Yahoo Travel give it five stars for the food, with high marks for hot and sour soup. If you're adventurous and not in a hurry, try the whole Szechuan fish.
1917 Hoover Court (next to Green Valley Drugs)
The Chen family, who came to Birmingham from Taiwan 24 years ago, previously operated the Red Pearl restaurant, reports Bob Carlton in the Birmingham News' City Scene. Some of the most popular dishes include braised pork meatball, smoked duck, salted crispy whole shrimp, shredded chicken with cilantro, sizzling beef, and spare ribs wrapped in lotos leaf. Chowhounds were largely happy. "This is not your typical Chinese menu. No Moo Goo Gai Pan and electric-red sweet-and-sour dishes (although there are kung pao chicken and sesame chicken). Instead think Basil Squid, Ginger and Onion Crab, Spare ribs wrapped in Lotus Leaf, Braised Beef Belly in hot pot," wrote one.
Read our review here.
243 West Valley Ave., Homewood
Lunch and dinner. No alcohol available. Part of the Super Oriental Market, Red Pearl Restaurant offers Chinese-American staples like Sesame Chicken and Moo Goo Gai Pan, but also more authentic fare such as sizzling pork intestines in Szechuan sauce and fish head hot pot. Generally considered by foodies to be one of the best Chinese restaurants in town.
4500 Montevallo Road, Suite 103B (a block west of the intersection with Oporto Madrid; not far from Century Plaza/Crestwood area)
A Bhamdining reader told us Shangri-La has "some of the best Chinese I've had in Alabama. Their hot and sour soup with fresh mushrooms and shrimp is to die for." Reviews on Yahoo! Travel give it five stars, praising the hot and sour soup, egg drop soup, mu shu pork, crispy duck. One says, "High quality ingredients at fair prices served promptly. Can't ask or expect more from a 'strip mall' dining experience."