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Ten Best Chinese Restaurants in Broward and Palm Beach

When it comes to Chinese, we say: Don't call in for takeout when you can dine out and still get a wonderful (and authentic) meal.

You could argue that South Florida isn't the sort of place that has a long lineage of Chinese restaurants. But we are not without some fairly decent options, everything from swank new spots like Gold Marquess Fine Chinese Restaurant to old stalwarts like Silver Pond specializing in destination-worthy Asian eats. 

To help you pinpoint the best spots in the area for traditional Hong Kong-style or superb Szechuan, we’ve unsheathed our chopsticks in some of South Florida's most serious Asian eateries for this list of best Chinese restaurants in Broward and Palm Beach counties. Some spots offer the more bizarre served from secret menus. Others have an entire ceremonial procedure for serving Peking duck. And still more cook up some of the best braised chicken feet we've ever tasted.

P.S.: Did we miss your favorite spot? Join the conversation in the comments. And just remember, if you're looking for dim sum, you'll want to check out our other list highlighting our favorite spots for Chinese small plates here.


10. Got Rice?
4619 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach. Call 561-907-6888, or visit gotricewestpalmbeach.com.
Although this West Palm Beach eatery doesn’t pack the same heat or boast the gargantuan menus of many Chinese restaurants, what it does offer is a from-scratch General Tso's or calibrate-your-own-heat sesame chicken. Sweet-and-sour soup is homemade fresh daily, a broth that is neither too gelatinous nor too sweet. Get out of your takeout rut and opt to dine-in; the quaint dining room has friendly, personable service. The dish to order here is also the signature special: the Dynamite Shrimp, tempura-fried shrimp beneath a sweet and spicy mayo sauce served over a bed of lettuce (pictured here). 

9. Uncle Joe's
4367 Northlake Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens. Call 561-799-9883, or visit unclejoeschinese.com.
Set on Northlake Boulevard in Palm Beach Gardens, this pint-sized Chinese spot is one of the area's best-kept secrets. Serving an array of Hong Kong-style dishes for eat-in, takeout, and delivery, the restaurant offers all the old reliables (and more). While the Americanized honey chicken and crab rangoon are as good — if not better — than anything else you'll find around, the traditional dishes are the reason to check it out. Dishes like chow fun, roast duck, and Yu Hsiang eggplant offer a true taste of the country, right here in Palm Beach County.

8. Rainbow Palace
2787 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Oakland Park. Call 954-565-5652, or visit rainbowpalace.com.
Creative touches transform even simple Chinese wonton and duck-noodle soups into house specialties. Ditto for the shrimp-and-lobster dumplings, orange beef, cilantro scallops, and the mushroom trio (portobello, shiitake, and button varieties sautéed in garlic, soy, and sherry). This full-service restaurant manages to raise the bar on the average Chinese dining experience thanks to lavish digs and a tuxedo-clad staff serving food that's very, very good — if a touch expensive. Only here might you be willing to spend $17 for broccoli with garlic sauce, $19 for shrimp and lobster dumplings, or $45 crispy beef made with prime New York strip steak smothered in a burgundy wine sauce.

7. Singing Bamboo
2845 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach. Call 561-686-9100, or visit singingbamboo.com.
Family-owned and -operated for more than 20 years, this West Palm Beach restaurant offers a huge selection of delicacies for even the pickiest Chinese food aficionados. The restaurant is old-school-style enough that entrées are served with domed covers, causing a bit of table congestion when four people dig in at once. The menu encompasses every diet imaginable from, full-on meat lover to heart-healthy and vegetarian. As is the case with all our other picks, the authentic dishes are our favorites. Shrimp dumplings submerged in a rich egg noodle soup broth are some of the best around; moo shu pork and Peking duck are good to split for two; and seafood, such as hot and spicy shrimp and calamari black bean sauce, is always fresh. Vegetarians have options here too, including eggplant in hot garlic sauce. The dim-sum offerings, made to order, are always piping hot, fresh, and filling. Bonus: The restaurant recently added sushi to the menu, so there's something for everyone.

6. Christina Wan's Mandarin House
664 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-527-0228, or visit christinawans.com.
Wan's feels like a throwback to the old New York Chinatown of the '50s, when lo meins and foo yungs seemed impossibly exotic. That may no longer be the case with Chinese food, but even with the proliferation of regional cuisines, this place is still just as exciting. This long-running Fort Lauderdale spot specializes in Mandarin, Szechuan, and Cantonese specialties like lemongrass beef, shrimp foo yung, and a selection of first-rate homemade potstickers and dumplings (and won New Times' Best Chinese Restaurant 2008).

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Nicole Danna is a Palm Beach County-based reporter who began covering the South Florida food scene for New Times in 2011. She also loves drinking beer and writing about the area's growing craft beer community.
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