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Best Chinese Restaurant

Chinatown Café

323 Park Ave., (410) 727-5599

Posted 9/21/2005

Baltimore continues to be the home of perhaps the worst overall big-city Chinese food scene we have ever had the misfortune of sampling, and most of it we wouldn’t handle with someone else’s chopsticks. Fortunately, Baltimore also continues to host a precious few eateries capable of and willing to deliver more than undistinguished brown glop, chief among them Chinatown Café. This slightly drab storefront amid the remains of the city’s moribund Chinatown proffers food as close to The Real Deal as locals are likely to encounter—or at least as close to something they’re going to be excited about eating. In addition to the Sino-American staples that help keep bulletproof Chinese carry-outs all over town in business, Chinatown distinguishes itself with fresh fish (it swims around in the foyer until you order), dim sum as a daily part of the menu, and a host of specials and regular entrées that’ll never show up on any one-sheet menu you ever pull out of your screen door, we guarantee.

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Other Awards for Best Chinese Restaurant:

Grace Garden, 9/16/2009

Grace Garden, 9/17/2008

Szechuan House, 9/19/2007

Café Zen, 9/20/2006

Chinatown Café, 9/22/2004

Chinatown Café, 9/17/2003

Chinatown Café, 9/18/2002

Bamboo House, 9/19/2001

Szechuan Best, 9/13/2000

Café Zen, 9/15/1999

Grand Palace, 9/17/1997

All Awards for Chinatown Café:

Best Chinese Restaurant, 9/22/2004

Best Chinese Restaurant, 9/17/2003

Best Chinese Restaurant, 9/18/2002

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