Gourmet Food Menu

  • Chicken
  • Vegetarian
  • Baked with Rice $5.00
  • Seafood
  • Pork
  • Beef
  • Fried Rice, Chow Mein, Chow Fun

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  • Chicken
  • Vegetarian
  • Baked with Rice $5.00
  • Seafood
  • Pork
  • Beef
  • Fried Rice, Chow Mein, Chow Fun

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  • Ben K.

    If you are looking for the best bang for your buck, not many places beat gourmet foods. For $5, they give you Chipotle "bowl" quantity (maybe more) amount of food. I got the salt and pepper chicken, and like the reviews said below, if you order anything salt and pepper (pork, chicken, etc., etc.) you cannot go wrong. It was my first time getting salt and pepper chicken, following the suggestions below, and I am an instant fan. This is a true hole-in-the-wall in chinatown, so expect limited English from the staff. But the food is worth a try. *Tips: Cash only

    (5)
  • Samone H.

    Always fast, efficient, and delicious at a very affordable price. They have a massive menu and you can even try asking for stuff not written on the menu or like add/substitute ingredients of an item. There were times that they did forget the substitution and still collected for it, so try to confirm before you leave the restaurant with your food. I wish they had later hours and take credit cards, though. They can use a little modernization, but why fix something that works, right? It's a pretty well oiled machine as is, and is a chinatown staple with lots of homey, comfort food flavors.

    (4)
  • An Z.

    Ordered "pork with eggplant" and had a really hard time finding any pork.. The stuff in "xiaolongbao" are questionable, hope it's diarrhea free.. Not sure if I will come back

    (1)
  • Sherwin C.

    Normally this would get a 3-star review for the food alone, however because of the big variety, fast speed, and incredible prices this gets bumped up to 4 (this is cheaper than fast food and as such shouldn't be compared to restaurants twice its price per dish). The restaurant itself is fairly small and busy -- but run very efficiently where they move a line as quickly as somewhere like KFC. The menu offers many types of Chinese cuisine including Cantonese, Szechuan, Mandarin, Shanghai, Hong Kong, etc. Everything is offered from dim sum to baked race to Chinese barbeque to buns to noodle soups to Taiwanese Breakfast to curry. The food itself isn't spectacular but is of higher quality than expected for this price (especially the rice). Think of it like a food-court-plus. The flavor combinations you'd expect out of food court restaurants but in bigger portions and generally prepared decently. Nothing here that will win any culinary awards though. I'd consider returning to this place if I'm in the area although there's other well-priced options like Chi Cafe that do offer a nicer decor and better ingredients for only a few more dollars. But if you need to feed a large group on a budget, this is definitely your place to go.

    (4)
  • Nancy C.

    This may actually be the MOST dive-y place I have ever been to (and trust me, I've been to MANY jank establishments). This place takes dive-y so far, it's almost charming...like you walked on to a set of a Hong Kong fast food joint back in the 70s. Gourmet food is a super no frills and all-business type of establishment catered to the Chinatown locals. Food is rock solid and dirt cheap. I got the salt and pepper shrimp rice box, black pepper beef rice box, two rice balls, and two cups of freshly made soy milk to go for ~$18 (that's two meals for two people w/ left overs!). Absolutely incredible. They are clearly doing SOMETHING right if they are still bustling amidst the competition from Chinatown square and the main street of Wentworth. I was debating whether to give it 5 stars because I have no doubt that I will be back over and over and over again, and that's usually my gauge for how many stars to give a place. However, I recognize that the incredibly run-down interior and exterior and the rushed service may be off-putting for many. So accounting for that, 4 stars is probably more reasonable. But all that said, you should absolutely come here for the cheap and delicious Chinese foodstuffs. Soy milk was the bomb. I wish I could've also ordered the tofu dessert before they ran out, because that too was freshly made in house and sold like hot cakes while I was in line. If you can shrug off the decor, this place is REALLY REALLY REALLY worth your while.

    (4)
  • Suzy D.

    My husband was in the mood for congee so we figured we'd try this place out. Keep in mind this place is cash only and kind of divey. We couldn't find a spot, so I got out and placed an order for carryout. It was around 11 on Sunday and there was a short line, but it was moving quickly. Most customers appear to do carryout since the seating area is pretty small. Luckily I speak decent Chinese, but they seemed to speak some English so even if you don't speak Chinese, you should be fine. I ordered a large beef congee, 1 peanut mochi, 1 mantou (steamed bread roll), half of a roasted duck, 1 cold soymilk, 1 fan tuan (salty rice roll) and the price came out to about 17 bucks. Pretty cheap. Everything tasted fine. I wasn't blown away by anything, but it was cheap and fast.

    (3)
  • Connie L.

    Fresh Chinese bbq meet, chicken and all sorts of intestines (fried or grilled). Sweet bean curb milk Cash only!

    (5)
  • Eva S.

    In Cantonese, this place is pronounced "May may jee gah." Gourmet is authentic, delicious and beloved by Chinatown locals. Some favorite orders where you can't go wrong: 1) Minced Beef with Green Peas Over Rice (comes with a pan-fried egg) -Variation A: ask to add jalapenos. -Variation B: ask for the ketchup version 2) Deep fried chicken wings ($1/each) 3) Fish Fillet with Chinese Broccoli Over Rice 4) Salt & Pepper Pork Chops Over Rice 5) Basically anything labelled "salt & pepper"... (chicken, squid, shrimp etc.) GET IT! The place is small and unassuming from the outside... and yes, the exterior looks very dated. The service is a little brusque. They may seem a little rude but they're not singling you out so don't take it personally. In fact, it mimics old-school Hong Kong and it's a hole-in-the-wall place... the cheeky, cut-to-the-chase service is kind of (pleasantly) expected. What they lack in decor/pleasantries they make up for in their delicious food and speedy service. I love this place BECAUSE their food alone has carried them so far. My family and I have been coming here for years. There's a lot of competition right along Wentworth and their location is kind of tucked behind Chinatown's main road. Regardless... if you come to Chinatown and want good, authentic food, hustle on over to Gourmet. It's about $5 per rice box. Skip dining in. Most people get take-out and you will see rice boxes stacked/bundled and lined up across the back table behind the counter. Costumers will pop in, pay and hurry off in the matter of seconds. You come to Gourmet because you like the food. You don't need to shovel out $$$ for it to be authentic and satisfying. $5 and you're covered for the day, and will have leftovers for tomorrow (maybe). That's what I love about Chinatown.

    (4)
  • Alford L.

    mm.. This is my go-to restaurant when trying to find cheap delicious chinese food. When I was younger and lived in chinatown, I came here quite often for a 5 dollar rice box. Came here the other day with a friend to catch up and food is still like I remember. My favorites are the salt and pepper pork chops, the green onion oil chicken, and the minced beef with egg. They are fast and efficient and the closest thing I would say to a delicious hole-in-the-wall place in Chinatown.

    (5)
  • Joyce H.

    Disclaimer: my review is based on take out that was eaten about 30 min after we ordered it. The beau and I ordered some rice boxes to go since we were leaving Chicago and going on the road. I ordered the baked fried rice (seafood with vegetables and tomato sauce) and he ordered a pork and rice dish. It's a pretty good price for the amount of food - I was able to split mine up into 3 different meals and it cost $6.50 total. The tomato sauce ended up being pretty ketchup-y and sweet, making it delicious at first but hard to finish. The fried rice also wasn't too special - the seafood that was inside was shrimp. We also got some BBQ pork to go, and that was pretty good, but not the best we've had. Overall, good price but average food based on our one-tiem experience...

    (3)
  • Gloria T.

    Yes, it doesn't look great but it has lots of yummy food. I come here for their sweet tofu - tofu fa. Good texture and the syrup isn't too sweet.

    (4)
  • Melody W.

    Gourmet Foods is a good place for something cheap and tasty!

    (4)
  • David C.

    I am 28, and I have been eating at Gourmet Food since I was 5 years old. This hole-in-the-wall is an institution in Chicago's Chinatown. The food is cheap. You can get a rice box for around $5. It mainly serves local residents, but tourists are also sometimes found ordering food here. I presume these are the more adventurous tourists who are curious and eager to learn about local culture because almost all of the items on the menu are authentic Chinese dishes. Non-Chinese speakers may have a little bit of difficulty communicating with the cashiers, but they know enough basic English to figure out your order. Although I have been eating here all my life, I have to say things have not been the same since the original owner sold the restaurant around 10 years ago. Management has changed here a few times over the last decade, and the current owners are not operating the restaurant in a way that is consistent with its legacy. The cashiers are not very friendly and the food is not as good as it once was. Nonetheless, it is still a restaurant worth visiting for its history and once great, but now just mediocre, authentic Chinese rice boxes for a very affordable price. For all that, your $5 will not go to waste.

    (3)
  • Apple S.

    Wow, just wow. I give this place 5 star because of their incomparable fried chicken wings . Chinese fried chicken wings is chicken wings but Gourmet foods' chicken wings are exceptional! Cheap, fast, and convenient. By far the best chinese take-out in the city of Chicago! 5 STARS!

    (5)
  • Kelvin Y.

    $5.25 Lunch box will fuel you through the day! Enjoy

    (5)
  • Janet E.

    I've been to Chinatown so many times but had never come to this restaurant. This may be my new go-to place for cheap chinese food!! They seemed to sell a lot of different foods that most other Chinese restaurants in the area dont sell. First, they sell roasted duck. DELICIOUS! And it was not overly fatty (as most roasted ducks can be). We also got the roasted chicken (I didnt try it but my friend did and loves it). We also got the garlic eggplant which was awesome (I love eggplant). For dessert we had the soft tofu (slight sweet and served warm). All this food for about $23! Not too shabby. I'm definitely coming back to try their other dishes! Prices looked to be about $5.

    (4)
  • Kyle I.

    Gourmet is a place that was introduced to me by my girlfriend, who is of chinese descent. I am a big fan of authentic chinese food. Although, sometimes I do have a craving for orange chicken. As Joe Koy says "Orange chicken is delcious." Anyways, Gourmet is a the typical hole in the wall greasy-spoon place that you either love or hate. In this case, I love it. You can get a huge styra-foam plate full of noodles (or rice) topped with a nice heaping pile of seafood or any other meat and vegetable combination on their menu. All for under $5! The food comes out piping hot and is spot on with all the flavors of authentic chinese home cooking. This is one of those places that has a special place in peoples' heart because it invokes that highly reserved phrase, "this is how my mom makes it."

    (5)
  • Ali R.

    My rating is strictly for the soy "pudding". I stop by here every time I'm in Chinatown. It's the best in Chicago and made fresh constantly throughout the day. For $1.50 each, it's the best dessert you can have in Chinatown without worrying about the calories. Pick some up before your meal because Gourmet Food closes early. 8:00 p.m., I believe. I

    (5)
  • Alexander N.

    I work near Chinatown and I get my lunch there frequently. This place is so-so, and the price is reasonable. I would have given it a 3 stars, but a dead bug in my congee kill it for me I would avoid this place completely, but my co-workers choose this place and we order lunch in a group. They don't seen to mind, and I'm to lazy to go pick up lunch. So, I say avoid the congee.

    (1)
  • Dennis K.

    I think the only reason why this place gets high ratings is because everyone reviews it based on fond childhood memories. It was a dump when I was 5 years old, after 23 years later and several changes of ownership, still a dump. Only now it's frequented by local drunks and mice. And if you notice a smell before walking in, it's because 23rd street also happens to be an alley.

    (1)
  • Richard C.

    Food is great and the prices are extraordinary! I always come here whenever I eat out in Chinatown with friends. The only thing bad about this place is the appearance that they offer. Seats are sticky and almost everything looks icky but I love getting take out!

    (4)
  • Bo K.

    I wish I hated the food here, but I don't. It is awesome! Pretty much anything you order over rice is fantastic. The portions are generous and the prices are so cheap. The shrimp dumplings in their soup are incredible. You really can't order anything bad. You know a Chinese restaurant is good when ppl who work at other Chinese restaurants eat there. The reason I wish I hated it, is the girl that works behind the counter (I think it's a girl. It might be an old lady, I dunno). This female never smiles. She never says hello or good bye or thank you. She once yelled at me b/c I waited 20 minutes for my food (I know, it doesn't make sense). This is THAT person who hates doing their job while at work. Order your food and get out. Don't ask for extra silverware or napkins. If you do, she will give you this nasty piercing look. It's as if she'll remember you and make sure your food tastes "different" next time. I wanna spit in her mouth every time I leave the place. I would give this place 5 stars if it wasn't for her. Is it wrong that I hope she gets fired or quits?...preferably fired.

    (4)
  • Howard L.

    This is still our current (and long time) favorite place for Chinatown carry-out. Great value and taste at about $5 per dish. A couple of our favorites are Singaporean noodles, spicy salt and pepper pork, and fish fillet with veggies.

    (4)
  • Jimmy P.

    Friday 11/04/2011. 7:00pm Came here after reading Janet's review. You order and pay for the food at the front counter. They do NOT accept CREDIT CARDS, bring your cash. I ordered the BBQ combo over rice and won ton soup with noodle. The roast pork was good but the Soya Chicken was just ok, however; I would never order the Won Ton soup with noodle again. The Won Ton was okay but the noodle was way too starchy for me. Warning: the dining area is dirty, the tables are sticky and it is just dirty. If you are thinking of trying their food, get it to go. Pro: the prices are very affordable, you will find many items under $5.00 , great place for struggling college student or those of us still looking for work. Your money will go a long way here. Portions: they give you enough, you will be full. I will visit again if I am in the area and short of cash.

    (3)
  • Jaci Y.

    Wow Gourmet has let me down big time, I heard that they changed owners hip and MAN, the food changed with changing the ownership. We ordered the usually fish over rice with some vegetables, mapo tofu and some chow mein noodles. The Fish was frozen, the tofu spelled spoiled. It was incredibly a let down for me and my family. It was $20 down the drain. VERY SAD!

    (1)
  • Sonny S.

    Oh Gourmet...what would I do without you and your deliciously cheap rice boxes? I'm so glad my friends introduced to me this place! I've recommended it to so many people looking for cheap eats. The restaurant itself is more of a take out place, but there are a few chairs and tables inside if you'd like to dine in, but it's kind of dirty and the ground is sometimes sticky. I usually prefer to order take out. On to the food...Gourmet is known for their ridiculously cheap rice boxes. They also sell xiao long bao, BBQ meats, etc. For just about $5, you are able to get a large box of food that usually lasts me two meals. They have all different types of rice boxes from chicken to pork to beef, but I usually get the minced beef with a fried egg on top - so good! They also have some of the best fried chicken wings I've had in Chinatown! These wings have to be battered in crack - that's how good they are! I've also tried the xiao long bao here, but the skins are too thick and there is rarely any soup inside, so avoid them at all costs. The douhua (tofu dessert) here is really good and super fresh - they make it fresh daily, and it's only a dollar something for a large container. Make sure you get here early for this because they sell out pretty fast. Because it's located in the old part of Chinatown, parking can be a bit tricky, but there is street parking - just watch out for all those people who think they're invincible that walk out in the middle of the streets or behind your car as you're parking! Overall, it's a great joint to grab a quick lunch at rock-bottom prices.

    (4)
  • Samson P.

    I like to come here for their rice boxes (around 5 bucks) which are big portions and tasty. 3 rice boxes would be less than 20 dollars. I recommend any of their salt and pepper dishes as well as their tofu dessert! Make sure to bring cash.

    (4)
  • Lily Z.

    I've been eating from this place for as long as I can remember. It has been recently remodeled so the interior looks a lot nicer and modern. But it's still a very basic and no frills restaurant that serves everything you could ever want in Chinese food. They added a BBQ section, so now you can order duck, roasted pork, etc. It's cheap, authentic and oh so good. Plus, the serve my favorite, sweet tofu and red beans and coconut.

    (4)
  • Winnie O.

    I been coming here for years but sorta stopped for a bit when the quality starting slipping. Came back recently and ordered their onion chicken rice box and minced beef rice box. It was pretty good for the price and portion. Will come back more often!

    (4)
  • Feb S.

    Taste: 4.5/5 Location: 3/5 Cleanliness: 2/5 Ambience: 1/5 Value for Money: 5/5 (Price, given the Food Taste) Service: 2.5/5 I give this place a high rating simply for one thing: great prices for great food. Where else can you get delicious food with prices ranging just from $4 to $6? One more thing, they have hundreds of dishes, so you'll always have options to choose from. Apart from the food, everything else is just alright or even below standard. The place is dirty, the cashier and servers can barely speak English (with the exception of one of them). I'd recommend you to get your food to go instead.

    (4)
  • Danny M.

    I always order the same thing, beef and chinese broccoli chow mein. It is my all time favorite, My gf's favorite is their salt and peppered pork chop. We always order the same thing but there are plenty of other options. For this price, you can't beat it. It is about $5- $6 per dish and it will fill you up, This is one of those hole in the wall places that look shady but its really good. This restaurant has been around ever since I can remember and I grew up getting carry out from here.

    (4)
  • Chrissie C.

    They have really good salt and pepper squid and salt and pepper chicken wings! price is really cheap so if you're going for a quick and average lunch this would be the place to go to.

    (3)
  • Amy H.

    If you're looking for fast, cheap, yummy Chinese take-out, this is the spot! I have fond childhood memories of my mother bringing me here while we waited for our laundry to finish. However, I do not recommend dining in unless you just want a quick and dirty bite. The tables are not very clean...it's kinda like McDonald's. People don't wipe up after themselves. I recommend Tomato & Beef over rice if you're a tomato lover like me. You get a big take-out box FILLED with the goodness, and it's only $5! Lasts me 2 meals. I also recommend the Tofu Dessert =) It's simple but sweet, and refreshing. Just be sure to mix the syrup from the bottom in with the rest of the tofu or it won't be sweet till the very bottom. Best way to experience Gourmet is to call half an hour ahead, order (their English has gotten better!), then swing by and pick it up.

    (4)
  • Eve S.

    My friends were visiting from Minnesota and we decided to check out Chinatown for some fun browsing and nosh. I had been to Sweet Station before and really enjoyed it, but decided to try something new. Upon yelp recommendation we headed over to Gourmet Food. Gourmet? More like Gour-nay. We ordered excitedly and sat to wait for our lunch. The crab rangoon came out first. Typical to rangoon, they were crispy, cheese-filled, faux-crab laden pockets of joy. Then my egg and bitter melon dish over rice. I wanted to try something I never had before, and the dish did not disappoint. It was like a giant scramble of egg and what seemed like an especially tart green pepper. Two bites in (and waiting on my friends' entrees) the aural assault began. Hack. Hack hack. Hack hack hack hack hack hack. Sneeze. The woman who I had seen barehandedly tossing noodles in the kitchen had run out, sneezed into her hand, spit up outside, yelled at the cashier, and ran back into the kitchen. It was like Contagion. Then the cashier started hacking. Like a bronchial-infected, whooping-cough, influenza extravaganza. Then a polite cough, cough from the table behind us. One friend noted that her dish had noodles in it and we all locked eyes. Struggling as hard as we could against our Minnesota-nice, incessantly polite roots, we picked up our plates, pretended we were taking them to go and dumped it outside around the corner. Three Crab Rangoon....$1.50 One giant omlette....$4.25 Not catching SARS.....priceless.

    (1)
  • Jim L.

    Pros: Cheap and tasty food Cons: Not so clean dine-in area -- This place is known for its tasty and ridiculously cheap food. In all of Chinatown, this place makes the best Deep Fried Salt and Pepper Shrimp. I personally like the Onion Oil Chicken, Deep Fried Shrimp, Deep Fried Smelts, and Deep Fried Fish Filet.

    (5)
  • Amy T.

    I've been here countless times and their food never lets me down. Atmosphere: it's pretty quiet and it's pretty similar to a lunch room. They do feature a few tables and mostly booth so the noise level can raise as a result. They are warm an cozy during winter days. Their expansion during these recent years included AC in the summer, so it's not terribly unbearable for dine-ins. 3 Decor: the place worked on improving (replacing seats) and also added a tv from the last time I dined in. They also have several chairs that are lined at the wall across from the counter. The seats are regular and mostly wooden, but comfy for the meal. 3 Food: the food is pretty awesome. I definitely appreciate the fact that they heed my requests to "go easy on the oil" when I ask for my favorite beef with thick rice noodles. One of my favorites from here are the fried chicken wings. The wings are always big, fresh (not all the time, but I'm usually lucky to get fresh ones most of the time), and delicious. I can't find that taste anywhere else. 5 Service: this place is similar to a lunchroom. You order and you pick up the food--- self serve! Like most restaurants in Chinatown you will be able to order to-go or dine-in. I find that I get a lot more food when I order for dine-in. You basically clean up after yourself after your dine-in meals. I mostly order on the phone for pick up and they rarely ask for last names... so I end up standing in line asking for pick up and have to remember every box that I ordered. 2 Price: for the amount of food and taste, I think this place rocks. Your meal can be under $8 and you will be stuffed (rice-box plus other appetizers, of course). 5! Their place also features a Chinese bbq (not with charcoal) with a variety of meat to choose from. They have roasted pork, bbq pork, roasted ducks, and chickens! If you are a fan of flavor and crispiness, go for the roasted pork! The tastiness doesn't end there either, do try the roasted duck! For bland eaters, (not quite the case) try the salted empress chicken. They're absolutely tasty with the sauces (scallions, oil, and ginger)

    (4)
  • Diana G.

    Hmmm.....thought I reviewed this place before. Anyways, they can be hit or miss with the food sometimes. Sometimes it's bland tasting. Still a great spot for cheap eats!

    (4)
  • Mary M.

    I am giving it 3 stars because it took them 30 minutes to make my Fried Rice Noodles w/ Beef. Total was $6.05 and it was pretty good. I really like their WonTon Noodles because their WonTon taste different than other cafes. It has a very special taste to it. I would skip the congee because they give you very very little meat and preserved egg. It's super dice small. They have other good food and price is decent.

    (3)
  • Aja G.

    Make no mistake this place is small, the floor is sticky, they reluctantly speak English, their water is kept in a big Gatorade cooler they occasionally fill with ice , and they don't take too kindly to questions--but hot damn is the food good. Their portions are huge, served hot and quickly in a container they have to staple closed due to overflow of deliciousness. Beyond their giant serving sizes their prices are low. 5 bucks in cash will get you a meal and all the Gatorade-cooler water you can drink. They only take cash handed to them over their dead animal display, but nothing beats their eats!

    (4)
  • Jeanne L.

    This place is definitely a hole-in-the-wall restaurant, but it is my favorite in Chinatown. The inside dining section is kinda small, with about 8-10 tables that look a little greasy still from the previous customers. I am completely unoriginal and I always order the same things: Silky egg with either shrimp or beef Beef with bitter melon Fish fillet with vegetables You get a huge plate of food served over rice for about $5 (or noodles for a little more money). The meals can be split easily between 2 people. Or if you are a big eater, you will definitely be pleased with the size of the meal. I cannot emphasize enough how much I love this place. This place has the ultimate "soul food" of Chinese food. It would also be great as late-night/drunk food, but sadly, this place closes at 8pm. Also, cash only.

    (5)
  • shirley m.

    hmmm not sure where all the negative reviews are from, most rice box places in Chinatown are 3-4 stars and Gourmet is a 4 star on my list. Note: I DO NOT cook so i need to have in constant rotation my go-to palces for dinner-after all it is less expensive to eat out at these prices! :) My go to dish here is the BBQ combination plate. For $5 you can get your choice of roast pork, chicken, duck or BBQ pork over rice with veggies. Add a $1 for soy milk The meal is very tasty and the portions are generous, I usually have enough for lunch the next day.

    (4)
  • Bernice L.

    I'm only rating the deliciousness of my favorite dessert. It's the one and only place to get your dao fu fa or soy pudding. And it's oh-so delicious! It reminds me of Hong Kong..that's how good :) You van get it either hot or cold. I prefer it cold buy always order it hot and then frigerate it since it seems to be fresher. If you haven't tried it, you must! They add the sweet syrup on it for you, but diny hesitate to ask for more or on the side. It's my perfect light dessert. I can hardly wait to grab a spoon and eat it on my car ride home. :)

    (4)
  • Jesse W.

    This will be the first review of Gourmet Food in 2010. So don't let the older reviews scare you. My family has been getting food from here for about a year now, and it has rarely disappointed. We used to get food from here when I was a kid, but mysteriously stopped. The earlier reviews might have pinpointed the issue. Changing owners and chefs gives restaurant rating scales an inaccurate view of quality, especially in Chinatown. Everything is good and fresh. And it's currently one of the best in Chinatown for carryout. I swear they lace their eggplant with crack.

    (5)
  • Tony C.

    posters missed a key point: untranslated/off-the-menus items that are posted on the walls. Currently it's featuring some "mountain mushroom" stir fried with a variety of meats. There is also a pickled mustard with pork intestine over rice and some other varieties of beef/fish (which i can't seem to recall right now :( :( ) Also of note, under chow mein/chow fun/vermicelli, the noodle of choice can be substituted literally into anything, much like any of the plats over rice items, ie, Rice Vermicelli Singapore Style can be made with Chow Fun, etc. Between Mei Wei Zhi Jia and Wing Chan, a lonely Chinaman can dine for days at $5/nite.

    (4)
  • Nic T.

    Seriously, Look at the dates of the previous reviews here. Gourmet USED to be good. Original owners made this place AWESOME, 2nd owners kept it up. Current owners screwed it up and made it crappy. I have been eating at Gourmet since it first opened over a decade ago, so I know how it's changed. This used to be my GOTO place and I would eat here more than twice a week...sometimes 4 or 5. The last time I ate here, I got food poisoning from here. I reported it to the Chicago Department of Health and they were shut down for a short time to clean or whatever to bring it back up to code. The current food is BLAND, undercooked or overcooked, and pricey compared to other places in Chinatown. Seriously, it doesn't TASTE good. If you are only used to Panda Express, then this place may be better...but it's not good. AVOID AT ALL COSTS.

    (1)
  • Darren F.

    i been eating here since i was a little kid. i love the food here because the flavor is just right and the portion is big... but i wouldnt eat there tho since the table and chairs isnt so clean

    (4)
  • Rick V.

    This place has good cheap food, and is a standard for most Chinatown residents. Believe it or not, I actually missed this place when I was in China. My favorite dishes include the Spicy Pork Chop, Shrimp with Chinese Vegetable, and Singapore Rice Noodles. Nothing fancy, just good 'soul food' Chinese style. You absolutely must try the Chicken Feet Soup. I know, it dosen't sound appetizing, but on a winter's day (especially if you're coming down with a cold) this will straighten you out in no time.

    (4)
  • vicky y.

    this place is very similar to happy cafe in terms of food menu and pricing, but a bit more divey. try their dessert rice balls with peanut stuffing and coconut flakes. it phoenetically translates into something like "naw may chee." their's are the best. the flat rice noodle soup with beef brisket is also tasty.

    (2)
  • Carmen M.

    Though the restaurant may have a contradicting restaurant name (Gourmet? I think not!), the food here is delicious. It is one of the best places to get a cheap, filling, and delicious rice box that is devoid of the usual oil drenched foods. The foods are light, but quite delicious. My favorite is the bittermelon and beef rice box and the eggplant and chicken rice box. The rice box prices range from $3.75 to $4.50 and are huge portions for the price. Also the orders are placed and cooked very quickly even though the place may be crowded with customers. This restaurant deserves 5 stars for the food (taste, quality, price), but much lower for the environment. To sum up the environment it looks like an old diner-esque atmosphere with the floors, water dispenser and everything else of questionable sanitary quality (although the table tops seem to be quite clean). In other words I would recommend take out! Their Funn Roll is one of the best in Chinatown. Funn Roll is basically like a rice noodle crepe with various ingredients inside like beef and shrimp served with soy sauce. Their Funn Rolls are only offered on the weekends. Interesting Note - When the weather gets cold sticky rice hits the spot. Gourmet Food makes sticky rice year round, but on days when the weather is extremely hot they do not make this oh so yummy treat. When the weather gets warmer nothing is better than soy bean pudding. Soy bean pudding is like tofu, but much softer and silkier and served with a side of sugar syrup to be poured over.

    (4)
  • A C.

    Excellent authentic Chinese food! I would highly recommend their black bean sauce and green pepper chow fun (flat noodle). That dish, along with others are really tasty. Plus, on weekends they have fun rolls (a dim sum dish) of every kind! We order out here several times a week. Gourmet Food (aka in Chinese May May Zi Ga) has become THE place to go for great tasting, cheap priced food!

    (5)
  • Eric P.

    4.5 stars This hole-in-the-wall diamond in the rough was and still in some ways amazing. I remember back in the day you could get a can of pop, the soup of the day, and a rice box all for under $5. But soon the extras kept on getting stripped. But who cares when you got great quality food for the price! You will still be paying only $5 for your meal and you will leave full. Recommendations: - What I love are the spicy salt chicken wings, they are juicy, spiced just right and tender. Oh man trust me its fried chicken at its finest; just know you'll need to work out afterwards. - The spicy salt shrimp is the best here; I haven't liked other restaurants even though they sell it for much more. - Pork Soup Bun. don't let the name fool you. These are similar to potstickers and dumplings but these are amazing. They are steamed and have a soup inside that explodes in mouth but the juices are rich and delicious. Trust me this is a great appetizer with your meal. It comes with a rich vinegar with garlic, onion, and ginger pieces that enhances the taste of the bun. - spare rib rice - just like dimsum, love it! - Singapore noodles, curry with noodles, can't beat it. - Beef Chow Fun (dry), fish with corn, sesame chicken, fried egg with shrimp, porkchop with mandarin sauce, porkchop with onions, curry chicken... everything is practically good. One note though this place ain't good for the body and not a good place for a date unless you are assured of her love for you. This is the only reason to knock on this place but since I'm all about good food and less about the atmosphere. Try it!

    (4)
  • Jarod P.

    When my friend Jess, who is from Hong Kong, was living in Chicago, she named this as the most authentic Chinese restaurant in the city. Which may not be what you're looking for. It is a hole in the wall with an odd name and all the ambience of a bus station, but the food is affordable and, if you go with someone who speaks Cantonese and knows what to order, you'll get hit with some very unfamiliar and intriguing flavors and textures. For less than twenty dollars we got a ridiculous amount of food; it looked like we were going to feed eight people. When Jess visits, we plan to go again, and this time I'll try to remember or note what we ordered. I remember a nice sweet and tangy pork dish, some smoked and chopped chicken (chopped up with the bones still in, very strange presentation if you're unfamiliar), and for desert there was a custardy bean soup. I couldn't get with that, but the rest of it was delicious, satisfying and an adventure for Western palates that are used to General Tso's and potstickers. And what a great name! It's not misleading so much as random; it has virtually nothing you would associate with the actual restaurant experience. I am in favor of randomness like this. It keeps you on your toes.

    (4)
  • Jennifer N.

    Pretty much grew up on this place since it is perfect for starving student budget. Most rice boxes can feed 2 people for lunch and comes with soup for about $5. The place is not much to look at but good for take home meal any day. Recommendations: Spicy Salt and Pepper Pork Chops Singapore Noodles Tomato Beef on Rice Curry Beef Brisket Chicken Wings (appetizer) Jar Jar (dessert) Grass Jelly (summer dessert) Soy Milk Jelly (dessert) - made fresh daily

    (3)
  • Dana M.

    This is your more than typical hole in the wall place in the heart of Chinatown. You shouldn't dine in... I have nothing good to say about the interior but definitely order take out. The food is cheap, hot, and delicious. It's a bit oily but sometimes I crave that grease. I love the pan fried noodles with fish and chinese broccoli. It's comfort food for me!

    (4)
  • Nancy F.

    I grew up eating this place when the parents were too tired to cook and wanted some rice boxes and it never disappointed. This is THE place in Chinatown for delicious rice boxes. Its not as great as it used to be since the owners changed and the food tastes slightly different and slightly smaller portions (hence not a 5 star) but its still one of the best. My favorites are the minced green onion and ginger chicken (OMG - just the sauce is to die for - ask for extra sauce and its worth the extra dollar they may charge), minced beef with peas (not as delicious as it was before) and pickled veggies with beef (this place has the REAL pickled veggies that actually tastes sour). Pretty much all their rice boxes are good - they also have good fried rice noodles and chicken wings. And its super cheap with big portions - you can share a rice box with someone else.. so you end up paying less than 3 bucks... or just "splurge" and eat the whole thing yourself.

    (4)
  • Dee W.

    Super convenient and a nice place to stop off for a snack whether you're craving wings or dessert or dim sum.

    (3)
  • Stephanie M.

    This place is a little out of the way, but there IS a sign! It has some seating but it is a really good place to get carry out. You can order and sit by the window and wait for them to call your number. Doesn't take more than 10, 15 minutes. Anything from dim sum, rice, noodles, congee, desserts. And most of the menu is under $5. The chicken wings here are huge and they taste good.

    (5)

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Opening Hours

  • Mon :8:00 am - 8:3

Specialities

  • Takes Reservations : No
    Delivery : No
    Take-out : Yes
    Accepts Credit Cards : No
    Good For : Lunch
    Parking : Street
    Bike Parking : Yes
    Wheelchair Accessible : No
    Good for Kids : Yes
    Good for Groups : No
    Attire : Casual
    Ambience : Casual
    Noise Level : Average
    Alcohol : No
    Outdoor Seating : No
    Wi-Fi : No
    Has TV : Yes
    Waiter Service : No
    Caters : Yes

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Chinese Cuisine

The popularity of Chinese food in America can be adjudicated by the appearance of China Town in many major cities in the United State of America. The popular trend of ordering or opting for Chinese take away food isn't unknown in America. Chinese take away food comes to rescue when you're too tired from work or too exhausted to cook. No one can resist the temptation of eating spicy noodles, shrimp, chicken, beef or pork cooked in the sweet and spicy sauce. The cooking method of authentic Chinese food is a lot different compared to what is served in America.

Generally, Chinese use dark meat small bones and organs to cook dishes but this changes when you are eating American-Chinese fusion food prepared using white boneless meat cooked with broccoli, carrots and onions. Back in China, the food is less spicy and oily as they favor steaming and braising method for cooking the most popular dishes. So, if you have a taste for authentic Chinese food, then try finding a real Chinese restaurant in the city. You can also try the most popular fusion Chinese food like Pecking Duck, Chicken Feet, Hot Pot, Shrimp Dumpling Soup, Mapo Tofu, Wontons, Chop Suey, Egg Rolls and not to forget Fortune Cookies.

There are not many restaurants in America serving authentic Chinese food. A little research on Restaurant Listings directory can help you locate the best Chinese restaurants in the city. Chinese cuisine is continuously evolving, and you can find a variety of dishes categorized as the food for lactose intolerant, gluten intolerant, vegan, vegetarian, and diabetic friendly. So, if you have a group of friends with different taste patterns, save the hassle and visit the nearest Chinese restaurant in your city.

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