What You'll Get
If you haven't been to the best Chinese restaurant on the North Side of Chicago, today's Groupon will help you correct that mistake; for just $10, you get a $25 Groupon to Friendship Chinese Restaurant at 2830 N Milwaukee Ave., right off the Blue Line in Logan Square. Friendship serves the most authentic Chinese cuisine this side of Beijing (which, geographically speaking, includes the entire earth since Beijing and Chicago form opposite poles on the axis of Chinacago).
Favorites include the spicy honey orange chicken, Mongolian beef, panko-crusted champagne lemon chicken, and honey walnut shrimp. Vegetarians delight at the temple's feat, a delectable assortment of elven-sounding ingredients like lily flower buds, woodear, tofu sheets, and exotic mushrooms. Friendship is BYOB, so grab some budget wine and have a fully-loaded gourmet dinner on a shoestring budget. You could eat this meal for less than it cost the Wright Brothers to build the first airplane.
Friendship has been inundated with a passionate outpouring of 251 reviews on Yelp. It’s the most reviewed business Groupon has ever featured and one of the top reviewed restaurants in Chicago, scoring an average of four out of five stars:
- "The best Chinese food I have had in Chicago." - Justin W.
- "My favorite Chinese place in Chicago when I lived here. So creative and inventive, and always the freshest ingredients. Not too expensive either. A gem worth checking out." - Allison H.
- "I'm lovin Friendship as my go to Chinese place with solid quality food that doesn't require me to spend a fortune. We started it off with the appetizer sampler which is far too much for even two of the hungriest foodies around. It was a good way to get introduced to all the appetizers I hear people raving about. The crab rangoon and bbq ribs were delish. I ordered the Mongolian beef and it was the best I've had." - Martha Z.
Friendship is adamantly serious about creating high-quality authentic Chinese cuisine, evident from the chef/owner's public confession: "When I hear people referring to the art of Chinese cooking as now being represented by the popularity of Chinese buffets...I weep bitterly." The Friendship experience, however, is not one of gloom, but one of joy for Friendship follows the wise words of Confucius: "Keep your friends close, and use aromatic charms to trick your enemies into being your friends, so they too are close. Everyone should be close." Everyone is close at Friendship and holds hands while eating. But how do you eat without using your hands? Worry not friends, for what are friends for but to provide each other with face-sized straws for suction-eating when our hands are occupied with the tasks of friendship?
A full wall of silver Buddha heads greets you when entering Friendship. As you may know from experience, the happiness of just one Buddha is highly contagious. His robust laugh emanating outward from his jolly belly tickles even the hardest souls. And at Friendship, the Buddhas on the wall are happier than normal Buddhas because they are cast in silver, which means they have silver tongues. And as we know from Buddha's Little Red Book, "A silver tongue makes for a heart of gold. And a man with a golden heart will lay bronze eggs to feed his family forever." The Buddhas moderate the handholding during dinner and occasionally serve as emcees for charity auctions held at Friendship to raise money for people with no friends.
Of course, those people all live in other cities, for everyone in Chicago knows that they'll always have a spicy orange chicken friend in Logan Square. Get your Groupon.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Nov 22, 2009. Amount paid never expires. 1 per table per visit. Dine in only. Not good with any other offer. Can't redeem Tuesdays. Can't combine with Thursday pre-fixed dinner special. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Friendship Chinese Restaurant
Chefs at Friendship Chinese Restaurant forge their dishes with an intense pride and dedication to the tradition of well-crafted cuisine. Entrees include lamb shank with black mushrooms roasted in a clay pot and a shredded Peking duck with XO brandy sauce. The eatery's authentic Hong Kong street vendor and small cafe-style tastes—along with modern twists—are available for delivery as well as dine-in eating amid the dining room's dark hardwood decor and rows of Buddha-head statues.