Mandarin House

Hours: Lunch, Dinner: Sunday, Tuesday-Saturday
Closed Monday

Price: $

Chinese/Korean old-timer near the Noyes Street el.

Restaurant Details

For 20 years this tiny Korean and Chinese restaurant has occupied an unassuming storefront just east of the Noyes Street el stop. Evanstonians certainly consider it a mainstay for Chinese takeout, but the real treat is the full Korean menu. The user-friendly list separates dishes by meat categories (beef, seafood, chicken, pork); there's also a brief vegetable section with meatless chap chae, a tofu plate, and bi bim bop. Highlights include man doo gook, a dumpling soup, and jean gol, a nicely prepared combination of marinated beef, mushrooms, water chestnuts, and Chinese cabbage topped with an egg and served piping hot in a round skillet. Spicy squid is stir-fried with scallions and carrots in a hot chili sauce, and there's a grilled salmon in a mild Korean sauce served with vegetables. You won't find the more unusual Korean dishes here, but it's a good place for newcomers to sample the basics of this exquisite fare. As an added bonus, prices don't appear to have been raised in the last decade -- appetizers range from $2 to $4 and entrees from $6 to $8.

Laura Levy Shatkin

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Price: $

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