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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)
    David H.
    "my favorite is the boiled beef in spicy Szechuan sauce."(2 Tips)
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  • April G.
    April GeFebruary 26
    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.
  • Adam L.
    Adam LangdonFebruary 21
    Good stuff! Nice salt and pepper squid
  • Damon S.
    The best mapo tofu in Chicago. Period.
  • Julianna
    JuliannaAugust 16, 2016
    Crack chicken! Real name is Three Chili Chicken. Also, String Beans with Spicy Black Bean Sauce.
  • Amanda
    AmandaMay 19, 2016
    Best Restaurants according to radicalpossibility.com
  • Diego R.
    Diego ReynosoFebruary 23, 2016
    Best authentic Chinese food in Chicago
  • 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.
  • Eddy G.
    Eddy GonzalezNovember 8, 2015
    Spicy food but it gets really busy on the weekend, take out only took like 10mins
  • Rigo B.
    Rigo BanuelosOctober 12, 2015
    Chef's chili chicken was deliciously spicy.
  • Helen P.
    Helen ParkSeptember 20, 2015
    Mayo shrimp is a good way to balance the spicy Szechuan dishes
  • Xaarlin
    XaarlinAugust 7, 2015
    Everything is good here.
  • Dave C.
    Dave CutlipJuly 28, 2015
    Kinda weird had three waiters the food was good though !!
  • David H.
    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.
  • Serena T.
    Serena TotinoMarch 15, 2015
    Chengdu glutinous in wine sauce
  • Sai K.
    Sai KoppakaJanuary 31, 2015
    Chilli chicken is the best thing in the whole world!
  • Stephen L.
    Stephen LuoNovember 8, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    They only make some Szechuan foods right, others are awful, especially during peak hours
  • Chris V.
    Chris VicenteNovember 2, 2014
    Twice cooked pork and Tony's chili chicken are the best!
  • Stephen L.
    Stephen LuoOctober 13, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Best gourmet Szechuan cuisine in Midwest... Seriously.
  • Zach S.
    Zach Solomon-BeloinOctober 7, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Everything is amazing. I try something new each time. Loved the hot and sour soup and crab rangoons
  • Stephanie H.
    Stephanie Hardiman SimonSeptember 3, 2014
    Tony's three chili chicken, mayonnaise crispy shrimp and tea-smoked duck top the list.
  • Ellis S.
    Ellis Srubas-GiammancoAugust 18, 2014
    Crispy shrimp with mayonnaise (trust me), Tony's 3 chili chicken, string beans with black bean sauce, and cumin lamb. Do it.
  • Lee A.
    Lee AllenAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Get some dry chili chicken and have the spicy cabbage.
  • Mark B.
    Mark BrouchAugust 7, 2014
    If you get the chile chicken, don't eat the chiles...HOT!!!
  • 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
  • Saliem (Mei) C.
    Saliem (Mei) ChiuMay 16, 2014
    Too salty. (Green beans, Dan Dan noodles, beef tenderloin, spicy chicken)
  • Michelle
    MichelleFebruary 26, 2014
    So incredibly spicy. Trying mild next time. Delicious.
  • Momens
    MomensFebruary 18, 2014
    Eggplant or Aubergine as we Brits say, is to die for, so to speak. Yum yum big fat tum! :-)
  • 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.
  • Suvam N.
    Suvam NeupaneDecember 7, 2013
    Great food but the fortune cookie was legendary. Best cookie I've ever eaten in my life
  • Adriana E.
    Adriana EscarcegaOctober 12, 2013
    Big portions..excellent food, service needs a lot of improvement
  • Andrew N.
    Andrew NedSeptember 25, 2013
    Terrible service, poor food, thoug lots of MSG if u like it
  • Sarah
    SarahAugust 25, 2013
    Student discount, but only if you pay with cash.
  • Rebecca S.
    Rebecca SteinbergAugust 24, 2013
    Service here is God-awful. Do yourself a favor and go to Joy Yee.
  • SepSep S.
    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.
  • MQ Q.
    MQ QureshiAugust 11, 2013
    Dry chili chicken, dry chili prawns, house fried noodle with chicken. Never miss, every time!
  • Alicia I.
    Alicia IlzzAugust 9, 2013
    Cashew chicken is beyond delicious. Amazing place.
  • 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.
  • Rick L.
    Rick LindemannJune 10, 2013
    Service was very slow. I think you just have to wave and ask to make things happen.
  • Rick L.
    Rick LindemannJune 10, 2013
    Great green beans (and several other veggie options).
  • Steven A.
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Alana B.
    Alana BalbesApril 13, 2013
    Do not come here if you have a peanut allergy. Even if they say its okay it's not.
  • Kristina R.
    Kristina RussellMarch 27, 2013
    Spicy Hot Pot... Yumm!
  • Jennifer M.
    Jennifer MulvihillMarch 2, 2013
    The guy running the door is awesome.
  • Sharon
    SharonJanuary 22, 2013
    Tony's Three Chili Chicken
  • Gloria C.
    Gloria ChinJanuary 17, 2013
    try the String Beans with Spicy Black Bean Sauce & Tony's Three Chili Chicken!!
  • Gloria C.
    Gloria ChinJanuary 16, 2013
    three chili chicken
  • Jimmy
    JimmyJanuary 3, 2013
    Tony's Chicken > Dry Chili Chicken
  • Lizz M.
    Lizz MNovember 30, 2012
    Get the pot stickers!
  • Mrugesh
    MrugeshNovember 17, 2012
    Try chef special dry chili chicken ,, dare if you can eat
  • L
    LSeptember 9, 2012
    Great sze chuan food. But longggg waits (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Carlo A.
    Carlo ArceoAugust 13, 2012
    Make sure to ask for Tony's Chicken!
  • Andy S.
    Andy SpyrisonJuly 22, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Wow the service sucks right now. Spilling water, forgetting orders, favoratism. This sucks.
  • Kenneth T.
    Kenneth TiongJuly 20, 2012
    Spicy pig ear 4.75/5. Mapo tofu 4.5/5. Black glutinous rice (dessert) 4.5/5
  • Hardik C.
    Hardik ChaudhariJuly 14, 2012
    Spicy Dry Ribs
  • May C.
    May Cheow-DixonJune 18, 2012
    Hot pot here is not amazing, try one of their other dishes to make your trip memorable
  • s p.
    s pJune 13, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    go for the spicy dishes. that's what they're good at.
  • Lawrence T.
    Lawrence ThivelJune 9, 2012
    Excellent everything!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Cynthia H.
    Cynthia HMay 1, 2012
    Really good food, don't be afraid to experiment! ;)
  • 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
  • Ben
    BenApril 15, 2012
    You can call them to get a number before you come so you don't have to wait for so long.
  • Andrew P.
    Andrew PowviriyaMarch 24, 2012
    Good food, bad service
  • Amanda S.
    Amanda SueMarch 24, 2012
    It's dirty!!!! Wrappers and food all over the carpet... Not very appealing
  • Hardini G.
    Hardini GadaFebruary 14, 2012
    Horrible service. Don't go here if you are hungry and can't wait 30minutes to place your order after you get a table.
  • Oliva
    OlivaFebruary 5, 2012
    15% off if you find a roach.
  • Oliva
    OlivaFebruary 5, 2012
    A roach crawled out from underneath the pot. showed it to the waiter and he killed it. Gave me a napkin and said sorry.
  • Leon C.
    Leon ChangJanuary 28, 2012
    Be aware of Robert.
  • Trent J.
    Trent JurewiczJanuary 27, 2012
    Tony's Three Chili Chicken (chicken crack)
  • Feb S.
    Feb SJanuary 4, 2012
    Great food. One of my favorite restaurants in Chinatown. Try the Shabu Shabu as well.
  • Tara Z.
    Tara ZeiglerDecember 31, 2011
    Try the house hot and sour soup. Perfect for a cold winter day!
  • RJ M.
    RJ M.November 29, 2011
    Empress crab with dried chiles and Tony's Chicken with Three Chili are where it's at.
  • Steven X.
    Steven XueOctober 30, 2011
    Spicy dishes are REALLY spicy.
  • Rock S.
    Rock SmithSeptember 25, 2011
    spicy dried chili beef is frikkin amazing
  • connie s.
    connie schnickSeptember 25, 2011
    Ma po tofu....mild next time....its hot!
  • connie s.
    connie schnickSeptember 25, 2011
    Spicy crispy eggplant.....amazing!
  • Michael E.
    Michael EllmanAugust 28, 2011
    Huge menu! Bring lots of friends so you can try lots of dishes
  • Kevin
    KevinAugust 20, 2011
    This place is awesome.
  • Anita
    AnitaJune 20, 2011
    Hunan chicken and dry chilli chicken are really good!
  • 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
  • T H.
    T HMarch 21, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    #TeamVeg will delight in the Ma Pao tofu & the spicy cabbage is heaven on a plate. Can get packed on weekends-get takeout.
  • Maera S.
    Maera SiddiqiMarch 16, 2011
    Try the Ma Po Tofu for an amazing dinner here.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoFebruary 15, 2011
    Thought you’d want to know: Tony Hu has been nominated for Restaurateur of the Year in Time Out Chicago’s 2011 Eat Out Awards. Vote now! Read more
  • 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
  • Alison
    AlisonFebruary 3, 2011
    Hot pot! Tons of food for $17/person!
  • 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]
  • Scott J.
    Scott JesseeDecember 19, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Tonys chicken is by far #1! The pot stickers are pretty good too
  • Lin L.
    Lin LinNovember 7, 2010
    Try the hot pot! Best thing for a cold winter night!
  • 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!
  • Bokeh
    BokehAugust 28, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    mayonnaise shrimp, tony's three chili chicken, and garlic peapod leaf are my go-to dishes!
  • Art C.
    Art CerdaAugust 23, 2010
    had the chef's special dry chili chicken, Hot, Hot, Hot, (even for Hot people). but good.
  • Andy S.
    Andy SpyrisonJuly 16, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Chef Dry Chili Beef, Sole in Black Bean Sauce, Chinese Broccoli in Oyster Sauce. That's the Trifecta!
  • Rev. B.
    Rev. BillyJuly 2, 2010
    DRY CHILI CHICKEN!!! Thank you Tony for making RAD food!
  • Jeff M.
    Jeff MarcilliatMarch 17, 2010
    Jimmy's Chicken is the best !
  • Esteban G.
    Esteban GonzalezMarch 17, 2010
    baby octopus and bok choi... tender, juicy, not too spicy; yum!
  • David C.
    David CastilloMarch 11, 2010
    Not that great...waiters suck ass they sat down to eat while they were supposed to be tending us
  • Steve B.
    Steve BaronMarch 7, 2010
    Green beans with crunchy shrimp!
  • Patricia A.
    Patricia Andrews-KeenanFebruary 28, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    The mayonnaise shrimp appetizer is awesome.
  • Shimao Y.
    Shimao YaoNovember 28, 2013
    这里就是川菜(⊙o⊙)哦
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