Though soy sauce is commonly believed to be of Asian origin, several linguists have unearthed its true Iberian beginnings by decoding the hidden Spanish translation. Celebrate the intriguing international condiment with the help of today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of traditional Chinese fare and drinks at Dragon Inn in Dyer.
As one of the first Mandarin Chinese restaurants to service the South Side of Chicago, Dragon Inn has served up authentic Mandarin and Cantonese dishes, prepared by chefs who hail from Hong Kong, for more than 46 years. The menu brims with hundreds of spicy or soothing succulents for every tongue, from Cantonese classics such as the large Dragon Inn fried noodles with chicken, pork, or shrimp wending their way up chopsticks ($9.65) to Moo Shu chicken served with six Mandarin pancakes ($6.20 for small). Shrimp, beef, chicken, and vegetables converge to fill the air and stuff the maw with aromatic flavor in a large serving of Three Happiness ($15.15). Dragon Inn also serves Peking Duck ($35.25), a divine feast normally reserved for diners who embark on a vision quest or give the chefs 24 hours of advance notice for preparation.
The grandiose spaciousness of Dragon Inn is filled with hand-painted art and antique paper lanterns that exhale the colors of China, providing quiet repose for comfortable, meditative eating. Diners who arrive on live-music nights will encounter soothing jazz and blues, creating an atmosphere so genial that the bar’s famous fighting dragons stop their fiery feud to nuzzle each other’s neck scales.