Chin Chin-Mu Lan tempers the raw rage of growling stomachs with a menu of specialty sushi rolls and saucy Chinese plates. Traditional dishes such as general tso's chicken provide the comforting familiarity of a heated blanket embroidered with your family portrait ($6.75 lunch, $11.00 dinner). Mu Lan specialties include the Happy Family—a crowd-pleasing compilation of meat and seafood sautéed with mixed vegetables ($6.75 lunch, $14.45 dinner). Sushi rolls such as the Chin Chin crunch roll wrap up an assortment of seafood with land-based treats including asparagus and chili mayonnaise ($10). Chefs happily customize the hotness level of any spicy dish to each customer's unique tongue print.
The hospitable Chef Kong adds joy to lunch and dinner hours with lengthy menus of authentic Chinese delicacies. Afternoon diners can bisect the day with a plate of accessorized shredded pork or gently singe taste buds with a fiery octet of chicken dumplings in hot sauce. Savory meats and seafoods star in dinner dishes, including spicy, sizzling brisket in hot szechuan sauce and chinese zucchini with crabmeat sauce. Meat-averse eaters can sink bicuspids into veggie-laden dishes, such as Little Szechuan's popular stir-fried string beans or deep-fried tofu with sizzling mixed vegetables.
Little Szechuan invites escapist eating with classic Chinese décor and framed artworks that hide secret portals to North Dakota. Diners trade bites and clash chopsticks over last bites amid plush booths and warm red tones, and a nearby wall brims with cards and birth announcements from Chef Kong's loyal customers.
Chopsticks China Bistro & Sushi Bar's chefs fill plates with spicy, traditional Chinese cuisine and spin sushi rolls. Feast on a selection from the extensive lunch menu, which includes mongolian beef ($6.79), moo goo gai pan ($6.29), and szechuan-braised chicken and shrimp ($7.29) and earn sides such as fried rice and crab rangoon. The dinner menu lists larger dishes, such as the ginger lobster tail, a lobster tail with asparagus and snow peas stir-fried in ginger scallion sauce ($18.99), and the steak and scallops, served with black-peppercorn sauce, mushrooms, and onions ($16.99). Emerging from the sushi menu are physical tuna, salmon, or squid rolls ($4.59 each) and the sashimi combination plate, featuring an assortment of 15 flavors ($17.99).
While growing up in Taiwan, Grand China Restaurant co-owners K.C. Chang and Tse-Chih Chang watched their mothers—“the best cooks in the world”—prepare fresh, delicious meals. While she tinkered with the balance of herbs and vegetables in her secret recipes, Tse-Chih’s mother dreamed of owning her own restaurant. As the mother of eight, she never had the time, but her daughter did. After Tse-Chih moved to the United States for graduate school, she opened a Chinese restaurant with her husband.
In business since 1978, Grand China Restaurant dishes sizzling plates of Chinese fare crafted with family recipes. As food trends evolved and customers grew more adventurous, the Changs have expanded their menu to add pan-Asian cuisine, including Vietnamese and Malay appetizers and Japanese and Thai entrees. The new menu earned Grand China the Best of Citysearch award for Best Chinese food every year from 2007 to 2010. Haute Living also called it one of the top five Chinese restaurants in Atlanta, recommending the scorpion or zombie cocktails. Like the food, the cocktails are made from scratch, using fruits, flavored rums, and top-shelf liquors rather than juices or mixes.
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At Chin Chin, diners watch various menu items being crafted by skilled chefs behind a large glass window, resulting in a dining experience that’s as delicious to the eyes as it is to palates. Witness culinary artists steam a boneless Long Island duckling for the braised-duck plate ($14.95) or stir-fry marinated beef with dried orange peels for the tangerine-beef dish ($13.95). Flora-feeding diners can discover a selection of vegetarian options, such as eggplant with garlic sauce ($8.95) and vegetarian General Tso's chicken ($11.50). The eatery's contemporary dining room of bright walls and linen-covered tables coaxes patrons into sipping on a postdinner libation, such as a glass of wine ($6–$8), a martini ($8), or an imported beer ($5–$8). Diners can also wrap up each meal by noshing on green tea, mango, or coconut ice cream ($4 each) instead of attempting to stuff a tablecloth and utensils into their wallets.