Detroit is widely known for its eclectic mix of cuisines, from Mexican to Mediterranean. One type of cuisine that doesn’t get much love in Motown is Chinese, but some of the best Chinese takeout spots in the Midwest are right here in the D. Those in the know have quietly enjoyed the following restaurants and their outrageously good takeout cuisine for years. It looks like the secret’s getting out.
Sun Sun Garden
15321 Joy Road
Detroit, MI 48228
Sun Sun Garden is a casual restaurant that dishes out traditional Chinese and Cantonese fare at reasonable prices. It has a huge menu available for dine-in or takeout with specialties that include Szechuan plates like Kung Po Chicken, Shrimp or Beef. Sun Sun Garden also offers Cantonese plates like the House Special served with shrimp, scallops and lobster with Chinese vegetables; Egg Foo Young; Chop Suey; Lo Mein and a variety of combination plates. A smaller lunch menu still offers the favorites, peaking at the highest price of $5. Most dishes are available in a small or a large size, and the large is big enough for two to share. You can get most large sizes for under $10, making this a gem of cheap eats in the heart of the city.
6905 E Jefferson Ave
Detroit, MI 48207
One of the best takeout restaurants in Detroit is actually takeout only: Pekin Pavillion. Located in Detroit’s Riverfront neighborhood along Jefferson Avenue, Pekin serves up authentic Chinese noodle and combination dishes like Almond and Sweet and Sour Chicken, Pepper Steak and Seafood Lo Mein. Plus, the kitchen is open late on Fridays and Saturdays, which makes this a prime spot to grab late-night eats after a night out in Greektown.
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536 Shelby St
Detroit, MI 48207
Wah-Hoo Detroit is conveniently located across the street from the People Mover stop in Detroit’s Financial District. It serves up a variety of Chinese, Japanese and Cantonese dishes, including fresh sushi and homemade Szechuan. Entrees hover between $12 and $15; a bit more than traditional takeout. The fresh dishes are worth the splurge, however. Wah-Hoo opened in 2010 and is well suited for those looking for a more upscale carry-out experience. Its takeout menu features “half pans to go,” a variety of Chinese dishes that serve 6-8 people. There are also quarts of soup, large salads and appetizers by the dozens to create a full meal at home or at the office.
Dynasty Chinese Food
1115 W Warren Ave
Detroit, MI 48201
Dynasty draws the young hipster crowd thanks to its close proximity to Wayne State University’s campus. Dynasty is known for fast, cheap takeout and a large menu of authentic Chinese favorites like Kung Po Chicken, Chop Suey and Sweet and Sour Chicken, Beef or Pork. The Crab Rangoons offer a slightly sweeter taste to even out the spice found in other dishes. If you’re looking for upscale Chinese takeout, look elsewhere. But for simple, inexpensive Chinese food, this is a good bet.
China One Chinese Restaurant
19129 Telegraph Road
Detroit, MI 48219
China One is everything you’d expect out of a great Chinese takeout joint: it’s quick, the food is tasty and rooted from generations-old family recipes and the prices are reasonable. The Moogoogaipan, comprised of steamy chicken and mushrooms, makes for a delicious lunchtime meal and the Hot Sour soup will warm you up on a chilly Detroit day. Craving egg rolls? This is your spot. Even when ordered as takeout, these rolls are piping hot and will maintain serious heat until arriving home. Make sure you hit the ATM first, because this restaurant only accepts cash payments.
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Scott Christ is a resident of Rochester Hills, MI who is passionate about all things local. He currently works as a copywriter for a healthcare communications firm in Ferndale. His work can be found at Examiner.com.