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Lao Sze Chuan Restaurant

Lao Sze Chuan Restaurant

Chinese Restaurant and Asian Restaurant$$$$
Armour Square, Chicago
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    Harley
    "Lamb with pure cumin powder is amazing, as is the dry chili chicken."(25 Tips)
    Mike
    "Get the mapo tofu and/or the hotpot"(5 Tips)
    Lin L.
    "Try the hot pot! Best thing for a cold winter night!"(8 Tips)
    Patricia A.
    "The mayonnaise shrimp appetizer is awesome."(2 Tips)
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  • Swift S.heart icon on user image
    Swift SwiftSeptember 4, 2017
    This is great Sichuan food. Recommendations: Ma Po Tofu, Bok Choy with Chilis, and Spicy Cabbage. The Dry Chili Chicken and Dan Dan Noodles were fine, but skipable if you're willing to be adventurous.
    Upvoted Apr 21
  • Scott Kleinberg
    Scott KleinbergDecember 17, 2015
    The dry chili chicken is spicy but oh so good. It's in the middle of not exactly Americanized but not too traditional Chinese. Get extra water and enjoy.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMay 21, 2013
    Three Chili Chicken: Affectionately known as "crack chicken" for its truly addictive powers, the real secret behind this dish the combination of Sichuan peppercorns and chiles.
  • David H.heart icon on user image
    David HeiserJune 9, 2015
    Everything is good, but my favorite is the boiled beef in spicy Szechuan sauce. Be prepared to drink lots of water. Check in on Yelp to get free spring rolls.
  • T H.heart icon on user image
    T HDecember 27, 2017
    Lots of options for the plant-based, vegan, and vegetarian. A huge book of dishes, there’s a section devoted to veggie and tofu dishes. Confirm your dish has no MSG.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoMay 23, 2012
    Our favorites are Chengdu dumplings, Chinese eggplant with ground pork, twice-cooked pork, mapo tofu, Szechuan prawns and dry chile chicken. Trust us or choose at random—you won’t be disappointed.-ASK Read more
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoJune 4, 2012
    Our favorites are Chengdu dumplings, Chinese eggplant with ground pork, twice-cooked pork, mapo tofu, Szechuan prawns and dry chile chicken. Trust us or choose at random—you won’t be disappointed.
  • Christopher T.
    Christopher TolbertDecember 21, 2013
    In the winter you won't want to be sitting by the door. The chill is real. Food is fantastic and you'll appreciate the complementary spiced cabbage.
  • April G.
    April GeFebruary 26, 2017
    If you love spicy food, you have to try it. The hot pot and dry chili chicken and the boiled beef in spicy sauce are the best.
  • Julianna
    JuliannaAugust 16, 2016
    Crack chicken! Real name is Three Chili Chicken. Also, String Beans with Spicy Black Bean Sauce.
  • Peter J.
    Peter JimenezAugust 4, 2013
    Amazing food and speedy service. The Tea Duck is to die for. If you're in the area you have to experience the deliciousness.
  • SepSep S.heart icon on user image
    SepSep SphrAugust 16, 2013
    Best Authentic Chinese food I've ever had. Smoked duck (I don't remember the exact name) was awesome. Steamed Rabbit not so good.
  • Zach S.heart icon on user image
    Zach Solomon-BeloinOctober 7, 2014
    Everything is amazing. I try something new each time. Loved the hot and sour soup and crab rangoons
  • Eater
    EaterJanuary 11, 2011
    One of four Chinatown spots owned by Tony Hu, the focus here is on Szechwan dishes, ranging from the basic to the downright adventurous. [Eater 38 Member]
  • Ed L.heart icon on user image
    Ed LanumJanuary 21, 2020
    Everything but the crab Rangoon is probably the best I’ve ever had
  • Steven A.heart icon on user image
    Steven AndrophyMay 27, 2013
    Get the Chengdu Dumplings and the Dry Chili Chicken if you like spicy! If not, the tea smoked duck is fantastic.
  • Damon S.heart icon on user image
    Damon SununtnasukJanuary 29, 2017
    The best mapo tofu in Chicago. Period.
  • Harley
    HarleyMay 26, 2011
    Lamb with pure cumin powder is amazing, as is the dry chili chicken. House special hot and sour soup tastes amazing but will likely clear your sinuses. Read more
  • Momens
    MomensFebruary 18, 2014
    Eggplant or Aubergine as we Brits say, is to die for, so to speak. Yum yum big fat tum! :-)
  • Jeremy B.
    Jeremy BacharachJanuary 22, 2010
    Hundreds of great options, but I love the Orange Beef and my wife swears by the Crispy Shrimp in Mayonnaise Sauce (they're breaded and have a sweet sauce -much better than the name sounds)
  • Stephanie S.
    Stephanie SimonSeptember 3, 2014
    Tony's three chili chicken, mayonnaise crispy shrimp and tea-smoked duck top the list.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoApril 17, 2012
    From the look of the multicultural, multigenerational throngs that flock to Hu’s restaurants nightly, Rahm could glean some tips on how to achieve universal popularity. Read more
  • Suvam N.
    Suvam NeupaneDecember 7, 2013
    Great food but the fortune cookie was legendary. Best cookie I've ever eaten in my life
  • Alicia I.
    Alicia IlzzAugust 9, 2013
    Cashew chicken is beyond delicious. Amazing place.
  • ISC C.heart icon on user image
    ISC ChicagoOctober 30, 2018
    Boiled Fish Fillet in Szechuan sauce
  • Helen P.
    Helen ParkSeptember 20, 2015
    Mayo shrimp is a good way to balance the spicy Szechuan dishes
  • Tom P.
    Tom PowersFebruary 4, 2011
    Dry chili chicken is a must, love the hot pot, shrimp and mayonnaise is great. Service is better at Lao Beijing, ask for Michael
  • Chris V.
    Chris VicenteNovember 2, 2014
    Twice cooked pork and Tony's chili chicken are the best!
  • MQ Q.heart icon on user image
    MQ QureshiAugust 11, 2013
    Dry chili chicken, dry chili prawns, house fried noodle with chicken. Never miss, every time!
  • Eddy G.heart icon on user image
    Eddy GonzalezNovember 8, 2015
    Spicy food but it gets really busy on the weekend, take out only took like 10mins
  • Xaarlinheart icon on user image
    XaarlinAugust 7, 2015
    Everything is good here.
  • Kenneth T.
    Kenneth TiongJuly 20, 2012
    Spicy pig ear 4.75/5. Mapo tofu 4.5/5. Black glutinous rice (dessert) 4.5/5
  • Feb S.
    Feb SJanuary 4, 2012
    Great food. One of my favorite restaurants in Chinatown. Try the Shabu Shabu as well.
  • David W.heart icon on user image
    David WeathersbyFebruary 9, 2023
    Excellent spot great orange chicken!
  • Gloria C.
    Gloria ChinJanuary 17, 2013
    try the String Beans with Spicy Black Bean Sauce & Tony's Three Chili Chicken!!
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 5, 2014
    Tony Mantuano, chef of Spiaggia, eats here on his nights off. He loves the Twice-cooked pork. Read more
  • Michelle
    MichelleFebruary 26, 2014
    So incredibly spicy. Trying mild next time. Delicious.
  • Lee A.heart icon on user image
    Lee AllenAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Get some dry chili chicken and have the spicy cabbage.
  • Rigo B.heart icon on user image
    Rigo BanuelosOctober 12, 2015
    Chef's chili chicken was deliciously spicy.
  • Vithida S.
    Vithida SueblinvongAugust 29, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    All you can eat hot pot ( the one with non-spicy broth), and if you are Thai bring your own sukiyaki sauce!
  • Rick L.heart icon on user image
    Rick LindemannJune 10, 2013
    Great green beans (and several other veggie options).
  • Nick H.
    Nick HoniotesApril 22, 2013
    Food is great. Less than stellar wait staff. They pretend like you're not there most of the time.
  • May C.
    May Cheow-DixonJune 18, 2012
    Hot pot here is not amazing, try one of their other dishes to make your trip memorable
  • Sai K.
    Sai KoppakaJanuary 31, 2015
    Chilli chicken is the best thing in the whole world!
  • Mark B.heart icon on user image
    Mark BrouchAugust 7, 2014
    If you get the chile chicken, don't eat the chiles...HOT!!!
  • RJ M.
    RJ M.November 29, 2011
    Empress crab with dried chiles and Tony's Chicken with Three Chili are where it's at.
  • Adam L.heart icon on user image
    Adam LangdonFebruary 21, 2017
    Good stuff! Nice salt and pepper squid
  • Lash
    LashSeptember 9, 2012
    Great sze chuan food. But longggg waits (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Adriana E.
    Adriana EscarcegaOctober 12, 2013
    Big portions..excellent food, service needs a lot of improvement
  • ᴡ Z.
    ᴡ ZeiglerDecember 31, 2011
    Try the house hot and sour soup. Perfect for a cold winter day!
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