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CHINESE 

CHINA BLOSSOM
1801 Stumpf Blvd., Suite 8, Gretna
361-4598

The China Blossom is the West Bank's premiere destination for Chinese food, where the menu takes full advantage of Louisiana's seafood with dishes such as the grilled shrimp tossed with broccoli, mushrooms, and a garlic-pepper sauce. For a seafood grand slam, try the fried whole trout and crawfish with a spicy lobster sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tuesday through Friday and Sunday, dinner Tuesday through Sunday. Credit cards. $$

CHINA ORCHID
704 S. Carrollton Ave. 865-1428
The menu at China Orchid ranges through Mandarin, Hunan and Szechuan cuisine. Live large with the Emperor's Chow Mein, where pan-fried noodles are tossed with beef, chicken, shrimp, pork and vegetables, and the General Tso's Chicken has been pleasing diners for two decades. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CHINA ROSE
125 Robert E. Lee Blvd. 283-3333
The China Rose is a lifesaver for busy Lakeview professionals, as the quick and scrumptious meals can be eaten in or taken out. The lengthy menu provides plenty of options, such as the Lucky Shrimp, boiled with green onions, ginger and soy sauce, and the China Rose Special Duck, which is marinated in spices and stir-fried with bell peppers and bean sprouts. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CHINA TOWN GOURMET
3100 17th St., Metairie 834-9065
Metairie residents need not trek to the city for fresh, dependable Chinese food, with China Town Gourmet in their own backyard. The spicy Mongolian beef and Szechuan-style eggplant fried with garlic tickle the tongue, and in the Ja-Jing Mein soft noodles are combined with shrimp, pork, cucumber and black bean sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CHUN LEE RESTAURANT
100 Elmwood Park Blvd., Elmwood 733-8562
This Chinese restaurant just a stone's throw from the AMC Palace 20 in Elmwood serves specials for under $5, including almond chicken with egg roll and rice (Tuesday) and Hunan duck with egg roll and rice (Saturday). No reservations. Lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $

FIVE HAPPINESS
3605 S. Carrollton Ave. 482-3935
www.fivehappiness.com

Five Happiness promises to keep you warm this winter with their sizzling platters. The sizzling Go-Ba is a generous potion of shrimp, chicken, beef and vegetables with crispy rice. A daily special is the jumbo shrimp with vegetables served on a sizzling platter. Still more searing platters include the seafood combination, the scallop platter and the beef platter. Delivery available after 5 p.m. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

FONG'S CHINESE RESTAURANT

2101 Williams Blvd., Kenner 467-9928
Although Fong's is undergoing a renovation, it's still business and Cantonese food as usual. The plentiful buffet is always popular with the hungry lunch crowd. One thing that won't change is the Fong's Triple Treat with succulent pork, fresh shrimp, savory chicken, snow peas and bamboo shoots. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Friday through Sunday. Credit cards. $

GOLDEN DRAGON
4417 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 887-6081
www.goldendragon.com
Regional Chinese cooking from the Mandarin, Hunan and Szechuan styles are found at Golden Dragon. From the first spring roll to the crab Rangoon, you'll experience fresh ingredients from the same people that brought you the China Orchid restaurant. Traditional recipes are prepared such as the sesame chicken, marinated with sesame seeds, fried and sauteed with a dulcet bronze sauce. Reservations for late parties only. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

KING BUFFET
601 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 837-4383
In its first year, the buffet selection has already expanded from 150 items to a whopping 250 choices. Serving a wide range of cuisines with a mix of Chinese, American and Italian the King Buffet is fast becoming a popular dining spot in Metairie. The spicy shrimp and the walnut shrimp are already favorites. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

MANDARIN HOUSE
3501 Severn Ave., Metairie
779-0888

Mandarin House's buffet has been keeping Metairie well fed with a wide range of Chinese dishes for seven years now. No reservations. Credit cards. $

P.F. CHANG'S CHINA BISTRO
3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd. (Lakeside Shopping Center), Metairie 828-5288
www.pfchangs.com
Start off your meal with the popular Chang's Chicken in Soothing Lettuce Wrap, in which a cool lettuce cup helps take the heat off the spiced chicken (a tofu version is available for vegetarians). Also a hit at this non-smoking national chain: lemon pepper shrimp stir-fried with chives and bean sprouts. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night on weekends. Credit cards. $

RED STAR CHINESE
8330 Earhart Blvd. 861-1933
At Red Star Chinese, shrimp fried rice and an egg roll can be added to the entree of your choice, such as General Tso chicken, or fill up on a combination plate. Before your entree, try the crab Rangoon, the most popular appetizer. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

TAN DINH
2005 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna 361-8008
Tan Dinh invites you to cross the Mississippi River to the West Bank for two new menu additions. Try the beef short ribs, Korean-style with white rice and kim chi. Or order the pork spare ribs simmered in coconut soda, served with white rice and baby bok choi. Tapioca pearl drink flavors include strawberry, mango, avocado, passionfruit, and new additions peach and strawberry-peach. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Wednesday through Monday. Cash only. $

TEA GARDEN
1918 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 833-0668
All the classic Chinese menu items are represented here, with changing daily specials to boot. Two popular dishes are the honey-walnut shrimp and the seafood bird nest with scallops, crawfish, shrimp and crabmeat sauteed with baby corn, water chestnuts, bamboo shoots and snow peas. Delivery available. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

THREE HAPPINESS
199 Lafayette St., Gretna 368-1355
Three Happiness specializes in Chinese favorites such as black pepper shrimp and barbecue quail, which is marinated, roasted and served with a salad. The West Bank duck is roasted and served with steamed vegetables. On weekends, there's a Chinese breakfast served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Reservations recommended on weekends. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

TREY YUEN CUISINE OF CHINA

600 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville (985) 626-4476
2100 N. Morrison Blvd., Hammond (985) 345-6789

The inventive Chinese cooking at Trey Yuen provides a surprising amount of local seafood and other local ingredients. Consider the Szechuan spicy alligator with a vegetable marinade, or the crawfish with spicy lobster sauce. Reservations recommended for parties of eight or more. Lunch Wednesday through Friday and Sunday, dinner daily at the Mandeville location; lunch Monday through Friday, dinner daily at the Hammond location. Credit cards. $$
click to enlarge PADRINOS CAFE owner Michael Mastacuso tends to - customers Kathie and Bill Bailey. - DONN YOUNG
  • Donn Young
  • PADRINOS CAFE owner Michael Mastacuso tends to customers Kathie and Bill Bailey.
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