The Best Chinese Restaurant in Lincoln

November 29, 2007 at 2:30pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Nebraska basketball player Shang Ping has found the best Chinese restaurant around. Unfortunately, the article doesn’t say where it is. Speculate away, but I suspect we can cross Egg Roll King right off the list.

Hat tip: Foxspit

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Fletch November 29, 2007 at 3:09pm

What I’ve always liked about Egg Roll King is that you can order the chicken fried rice, and for no extra charge, they will throw in some big pieces of egg shell and chicken bones into your order. I also appreciate that they focus on making the food, and don’t waste time with things like cleaning and upkeep.

Dave K November 29, 2007 at 4:25pm

It could be Hy-Vee.  Their sesame chicken is amazing.  It’s the only ‘chinese’ food that doesn’t make me ill for hours.

I probably wouldn’t know Egg Roll King existed if it wasn’t for their 150dB drive-thru speaker.  You can hear that thing loud and clear from the MoPac trail.

DianeK November 29, 2007 at 4:34pm

I don’t think Hy-Vee qualifies as a “traditional Chinese restaurant”, to quote the article.

Mr. Wilson November 29, 2007 at 4:37pm

What, you’ve never heard of the Hy-Vee Dynasty? It was right between the Ming Dynasty and the ... uhh ... dang, LPS didn’t teach me squat about Chinese history.

foxspit November 29, 2007 at 5:20pm

If I had to vote for the best Chinese I’d go with Zhang’s or Golden Wok. It will be interesting to hear which restaurant he was referring to.

Egg Roll King: Cobwebs no extra charge. Sweet!

Dave K November 29, 2007 at 5:49pm

They have Chinese people working there, which qualifies it as traditional in my book.  In fact, that’s more than some restaurants which you probably consider traditional can say.

Fletch November 29, 2007 at 6:00pm

I’m sure I will be in the minority here (aren’t I always?), but for a quick and cheap Chinese lunch, I like the place at the food court at South Pointe. Love their sweet and spicy chicken. For a not fast-food place, I still love Vincent’s at 56th and Highway 2.

Mr. T November 29, 2007 at 6:50pm

China Inn is the best IMHO.

Karin November 29, 2007 at 7:01pm

I love Golden Wok, but I have no clue if it qualifies as traditional Chinese food, having never been to China.

If you haven’t tried their Spring Rolls (only offered at dinnertime) or sizzling rice soup, you’re missing out.

Gene November 29, 2007 at 7:08pm

I would second Vincent’s just for Vincent himself.

foxspit November 29, 2007 at 7:41pm

Never heard of Vincent’s. Is it near Dietze Music?

Fletch November 29, 2007 at 9:05pm

Vincent’s House of Hunan, in the strip on the NW corner of 56th and Highway 2, tucked back in there next to a tanning place or nail salon or something. Vincent is awesome! “Working hard, or hardly working?” Always a free crab rangoon with your order as a parting gift. Wonderful food!

Fletch November 29, 2007 at 9:28pm

By the way - great article about Shang Ping - can’t believe people at the Creighton game were calling out “Yao Ming.” Uncool.

Dave K November 29, 2007 at 9:30pm

Fletch, that’s not nearly as bad as calling a Chinese restaurant Vincent’s.

DianeK November 29, 2007 at 9:36pm

DaveK - well, Vincent is the guy’s name, isn’t it? And he needs to differentiate his House of Hunan from the equally wonderful House of Hunan in Uni Place (48th and Leighton strip mall) which used to be on O street years ago but moved north. Good food in both places.

jwiltshire November 29, 2007 at 10:03pm

Dave K:  the Hy-Vee by my old house was run by a couple of Vietnamese dudes, so I don’t think it counts as traditional Chinese.

My favorite Chinese in town?  Windchimes, hands down.

Dave K November 29, 2007 at 10:22pm

Close enough!

D.M.B. November 29, 2007 at 11:21pm

dang…it took 16 responses for someone to say Windchimes?  I would have thought 1…maybe 2.  But not that long.

Windchimes by a long shot.

Fletch November 29, 2007 at 11:49pm

I tried Windchimes when it first opened and hated it. Who puts lima beans in fried rice? Yuck. Never ate there again, and it was only like 2 blocks from my place then.

foxspit November 30, 2007 at 12:47am

As I may have mentioned before, a friend of mine found a grasshopper on his plate when he ate at Windchimes a few years ago. They were pretty much, “Meh!” about it, so I’ve boycotted the place in support of my friend.

That may be a delicacy in China, but he didn’t order the grasshopper.

Mr. Wilson November 30, 2007 at 2:05am

FYI, I did e-mail Brian Rosenthal this morning to ask if he had the name of this mysterious Chinese restaurant his article referred to. Still haven’t heard back from him. He must be too busy chasing TO around the country.

foxspit November 30, 2007 at 10:48pm

Rosenthal e-mailed a friend of mine back on this subject. Turns out Belham was talking about Lee’s Chinese in the South Pointe food court.

I wouldn’t rate that higher than Zhang’s or Golden Wok, but it’s OK.

Mr. Wilson November 30, 2007 at 10:59pm

A food court joint rated best in Lincoln? Whodathunkit.

Fletch November 30, 2007 at 11:29pm

READ THE POSTS ABOVE (lol)—I told you that their food is good! It’s better than food court food and the price is decent for their lunch special. Maybe Shang Ping and I should just kick back and chill out together at the food court. I promise not to call him Yao Ming.

net_nut December 1, 2007 at 2:57am

My vote would go to Vincent’s too.  He originally was at the one at 49th and “O” street back in the 1980s when it was House of Hunan, but something must have happened for him to start his own “Vincent’s House of Hunan” down south.  They used to have a “Bird’s Nest” dish that was out of this world.  It was a hand-made noodle “nest”  that “took too long to make” according to him.  The last time I was there he said “We make them for you…give me a days notice” when I said I missed that dish.  Great food that still tastes the same 25 years later.

Moses December 1, 2007 at 5:42pm

Does anyone know if the Great Wall in Meadowlane strip mall at 70th and Vine is related to Zhang’s?  The decor and food seem too similar to be unconnected. Very good as is Zhang’s.

Fletch December 1, 2007 at 9:10pm

Moses, I have no idea, but there is a Great Wall coming to one of the strips in front of (well, next do in front of to the West) the south Wal-Mart store. I can’t wait!

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