Chinese Restaurants in Rockford

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Hibachi Buffet settles arguments over sushi or lo mein before they begin, thanks to its plentiful Japanese and Chinese selections. Specialty rolls, fresh sashimi, and hibachi-style dinners satisfy cravings for Japanese meals, and the equally extensive Chinese menu tempts appetites with egg drop soup or orange chicken.

5494 E State St
Rockford,
IL
US

Featuring a menu packed with healthy options, Panda Garden swifty dishes spicy and snow-pea-centric Chinese cuisine at affordable prices. Diners can peruse a substantial selection of vegetable and meat medleys, including comforting classics such as Hunan beef ($8.50), Kung Po chicken ($7.95), and crab rangoon ($4.50). Meat-phobic diners can feast on the vegetarian options, including Szechuan bean curd ($6.95), while fans of figure-friendly foods will feel no guilt ordering steamed veggies with chicken ($7.50) from the health food menu, where each item is salt-free, MSG-free, corn starch-free, and oil-free. The Dragon and Phoenix ($9.95) combines two popular dishes, spicy shrimp and General Tso's chicken, into one piquant entrée. Panda Garden's dining room is a small but inviting space, with yellow walls, dark mahogany dining tables, and framed pictures of popular dishes, which help people forget about the small photographs of their favorite ham and cheese sandwich stored in their wallet.

13522 Julie Dr
Poplar Grove,
IL
US

A native of Hong Kong, Chef Brian Eng masterminded a menu of healthy family recipes infused with fresh, handpicked ingredients and devoid of MSG. A smattering of starters, such as a duo of crispy egg rolls ($3.25) and hot-and-sour soup ($2.95–$4.75) prevent mouths from chugging a bottle of soy sauce. Made-to-order mains include the beef in a nest, sliced beef doused in onion-infused gravy nestled in a soft bed of Cantonese pan-fried noodles ($7.25–$10.75), and the empress chicken, a jewel-encrusted chicken frolicking with peppers and onions in a barbecue sweet-and-sour sauce ($7.00–$10.50). Diners can cast a net around the silver shrimp and scallops served on broccoli next to a pool of cream sauce ($10.45–$15.50). A quintet of almond cookies ($1.25) rounds out the meal more eloquently than a soliloquy from a bilingual Shakespeare impersonator.

881 S Randall Rd
Elgin,
IL
US

At Little Panda Chinese Restaurant, plates of beef and chicken glisten with sweet, tangy Asian sauces. The cooks prepare Chinese classics, along with Thai and Japanese dishes, to make for an MSG-free menu with plentiful, opportunities to sample veggies, chicken, shrimp, or beef. House specialties include steak and shrimp delicacy—beef and jumbo shrimps sauteed with vegetables, slathered in spicy black pepper sauce—and mongolian beef—pan-seared beef in a spicy Chinese barbecue sauce. Vegetarian options include spicy szechwan vegetables and vegetable pad thai.

267 S Randall Rd
Elgin,
IL
US

Chefs at Szechwan Restaurant demonstrate their mastery of flavor juggling and elegant presentation with authentic Chinese dishes served in a serene, art-filled dining room. Chefs sauté sizzling beef with bell peppers, bamboo shoots, and mushrooms ($15.95), and the ma-po spicy bean curd ($8.95) combines the power of crushed red pepper with the elegance of a high-society woman wearing long, white boxing gloves. Crispy sesame chicken luxuriates in a tangy brown sauce ($12.95), and three-flavor scallops ($15.95) chant incantations around cauldrons of sweet, hot, and sour sauces. Szechwan Restaurant also pours sweet and tangy specialty drinks, including the tropical mai tai ($5.95) and the blue hawaii, a combination of piña colada and citrusy Blue Curacao so remarkable it's set to become America's 51st state ($5.95).

117 W Main St
Saint Charles,
IL
US

Before guests can even make out the dark red calligraphy on Chinese Palace Restaurant's sign, they’ll catch a whiff of the enticing scent of Cantonese spices emanating from the front door. The source of these delectable aromas is the eatery's kitchen, where chefs busy themselves whipping up chop suey, savory fried rice, and authentic Cantonese dishes. Diners can sample any number of Chinese specialties on the five tabletops that speckle the tiny intimate space. On busy nights, they can opt for carryout to enjoy dishes at home in the company of loved ones, friendly roommates, or obliging mirrors.

624 S Northwest Hwy
Barrington,
IL
US