Subway: Brown to Irving Park(773) 525-7479 orangegardenchicago.net41.954484 -87.678006 1942 W Irving Park Rd (between Wolcott and Damen Aves) North Center, Chicago
Lunch, dinner (closed Mon)Average main course: $8
Back when chop suey was considered ethnic food and sweet-and-sour chicken was regarded as spicy, Orange Garden was born. From dragon-heavy decor to the sodium-laden menu, this place hits all of our nostalgic Chinese food buttons. When we want a ridiculously large portion of kung pao chicken, crispy crab rangoon and all the free, watery tea you can drink, this place always delivers with brusque, efficient service. For reasons we can’t explain, we crave the spicy mapo tofu, in all its inauthentic, messy, gloopy pork-and-tofu glory.