By far my favorite Chinese restaurant in Chicago is Chi Cafe. I was first introduced to Chi Cafe by friends during a “quick going away dinner” for a dear friend….and when I say “quick” I mean quick…as in Speedy Gonzales quick! We were in and out in less than 45 minutes, happy and stuffed beyond belief!
Needless to say after that experience I was completely hooked & haven’t stopped recommending Chi Cafe since! It’s also become one of my family’s favorite spots to dine on Sunday afternoons for family day or simply as a great place to take guests for a taste of Chinatown. It’s kid and family friendly and an awesome late night eats kind of place for when you’re starving after a night of partying and have no where else to eat at that time of the late night…or should I say early morning? (LOL)
Chi Cafe is open from Sunday-Thursday 8am to 2am and Friday-Saturday 8am-5am and they even deliver. In times where I’m starving after a long business or personal trip and I’m craving good yummy food that hits the spot, I can always count on Chi Cafe to deliver straight to my door.
Not only is service prompt and the modern decor amazing, the food is out of this world! There’s a wide selection of dishes to choose from, but my favorite dish, hands down, is the sizzling beef tenderloin in sweet Saki sauce. I always get that along with vegetables called “pea pod leaves” & rice (pictured below). There’s a more technical Chinese name for “pea pod leaves” but if you refer to it as that they will understand what you mean.
Rice is unlimited and so is tea. Family style sharing is encouraged and they will be more than happy to accommodate you if you come with a large group like we have SEVERAL times!
They also have happy hour specials and breakfast specials where you can get an actual entrée for less than $5…now that’s recession friendly pricing if you ask me! No matter what you chose to order, what time you go or who you go with to Chi Cafe, just make sure you GO! You won’t regret you did…and neither will your wallet or tummy!
Chi Cafe is located at: 2160-A S Archer Avenue (between S Princeton & Wentworth Avenue in the new Chinatown square) with easy access from the Red line; (312) 842-9993
Pictured below from top to bottom:
-Sizzling beef tenderloin
-Happy Hour Special: beef short ribs, soup & tea
-Seafood Udon noodle soup