By Melanie Falina
Within the melting pot that is our country there are certain simple culinary staples that most people love - and without a doubt at that top of most lists are pizza, tacos, and egg rolls. Egg rolls...yum! The obligatory deep-fried appetizer served in almost every American Chinese restaurant that can easily be a meal all in its own. A hearty barrel-shaped roll stuffed with shredded cabbage, chopped pork, chicken, shrimp, or simply vegetables, then encased within a wheat flour skin and fried in hot oil. Crispy on the outside and bursting with flavors on the inside there's no real mystery as to why people are as obsessed with egg rolls as they are. Here are some of the places to find the best egg rolls in Chicago.
Emperor's Choice Restaurant
2238 S. Wentworth Ave.
Chicago, IL. 60616
Right in the heart of Chicago's iconic China Town you'll fine Emperor's Choice Restaurant - with quick service and huge portions at reasonable prices, one simply can't go wrong when ordering a meal at Emperor's Choice. Pick from a massive menu but don't forget the must-try golden brown egg rolls. Whether dining in, carrying out, or requesting delivery the food is fresh, piping hot, and mouth watering. Another must is the Shrimp with Lobster Sauce, and although Pina Coladas might not be the first cocktail you think of when dining at a Chinese establishment they're well worth the consideration at Emperor's Choice.
The Bento Box
2246 W. Armitage Ave.
Chicago, IL. 60647
Smack dab in the middle of the city's trendy Wicker Park area a place worth checking out for the egg rolls alone is the Asian fusion gem The Bento Box. Although a bit pricier than average for an order of egg rolls, the Pork and Cabbage Egg Rolls are fried to perfection and can be a meal all on their own. However, if you've come for the egg rolls be sure to stay for other stand alone items like The Bento Box's Green Curry Mussels, Red Chili Singapore noodles, and noodle dishes that are to die for - your taste buds will delight in the array of spicy goodness. Modest on the outside and cozy on the inside, The Bento Box offers BYOY with no corking fee and easy online ordering.
335 S. Franklin St.
Chicago, IL. 60606
For an Asian fusion experience that's as unique as it's name check out the Loop area's Spotted Monkey. There's something for everyone at the Spotted Monkey who's put together a dynamic menu featuring influences from Cuba, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Guatemala, Vietnam, Thailand, Korea and China. Egg roll lovers will go insane over their modern take on traditional cabbage egg rolls with both their mushroom-infused Veggie Egg Rolls as well as the hot and jazzy Picadillo Egg Rolls too. Mix things up a little with their Duck Gumbo Soup, hot or cold Mexican Horchata, and a Zen Salad to truly sample some of the best tastes in the entire downtown area all under one roof.
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Sun Wah Bar-B-Que
5041 N. Broadway St.
Chicago, IL. 60640
Duck, duck, duck - and don't forget the egg rolls! If you love Chinese food and love barbecue there's no need to pick one or the other for your next meal out - head over to Uptown's Sun Wah Bar-B-Que for both. Reasonably priced and with a massive menu, it's hard to find something that's not simply delicious at Sun Way Bar-B-Que, but the rock star dishes here are anything that includes the best duck in the city. With ample seating an attentive service, your dining experience is as pleasurable as is the food - but whatever options you decide to order as your meal be sure to pair it up with a couple crisp and crumbly egg rolls.
Duck Duck Goat
587 W. Fulton Market
Chicago, IL. 60607
If you love egg rolls it might cause somewhat of a personal conundrum to choose between the Veggie Spring Rolls and the Goat and Duck Spring Rolls at the West Loop's Duck Duck Goat - but fear not, they're both amazing so try them both. Whipped up by celebrity chef Stephanie Izard, the menu options at Duck Duck Goat are semi-traditional Chinese with a fun, avant-garde flair. With a warm and cushy decor and ambiance dazzles all senses and not just one's palate. If you're tired of Chinese food experiences from dull store-front establishments and want a full and vigorous dining experience look no further than Duck Duck Goat.
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