Shoved between a GNC store on the left and an "All About Hair" salon on the right, #1 Chop Suey boasts the best Chinese food in all the land – at least within this Roscoe Village strip mall. With more than 100 selections on the menu, the restaurant offers more than just fried rice, beef, chicken and the usual Chinese fixings, but also the satisfaction of indulging in greasy, fried food after hitting up the rest of the mall. Sometimes, the unhealthy option equals the best option, right?
Before going any further, it's important to note that, at least on this reviewer's visit, the joint did not exactly impress with its cleanliness. With only four booths and a couple of random chairs, #1 Chop Suey mostly works as a take out/delivery spot anyway, and the rather messy dining area doesn't exactly beg the customer to stick around. But the seemingly well-kept open kitchen is on display for all to see.
Pictures of dishes hang proudly on the wall – and unlike, say, a picture for some Burger King sandwich, these do not sugarcoat or exaggerate the entree's beauty or size. Traditionally Americanized dishes fill-up most of the wall – two pieces of egg foo young (with plain rice) and some remarkably sweet gravy from $3.15-$5.25, chicken entrees (recommendations to the black bean and garlic sauce) start at $4.15. Pretty solid stuff, overall – just throw some soy sauce on there and save the fortune cookies for last. What's in your future? More than likely, it's a haircut.
Average cost: <$10
Centerstage Reviewer: Andy Seifert