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BEST Chinese Restaurant

2013 BEST Chinese Restaurant

Jo Jo Taipei

Allston

Long before every trendy restaurant was putting pork-stuffed bao on the bar menu, this Allston stalwart was serving up a (perfectly) traditional version of the Taiwanese specialty: a fluffy steamed bun filled with shreds of tender pork, bitter mustard greens,… read more»

2012 BEST Chinese Restaurant
Photograph by Anthony Tieuli

Jo Jo Taipei

Allston

One bite of this Allston beauty’s crisp, pillowy scallion-and-roast-beef pancakes, and you’ll never order those sad, green-flecked cardboard slabs from your local Chinese takeout joint again. Here, it’s all authentic Taiwanese dishes—like three-cup cuttlefish, spicy beef-noodle soup, and dry-cooked chicken… read more»

2012 BEST Chinese Restaurant, South

Sichuan Gourmet

Sharon

It may look like any other suburban strip mall Chinese joint, but don’t let looks deceive you: The kung pao chicken, ma po tofu, and Chengdu spicy dumplings here are better than many of Chinatown’s offerings. Add in an order… read more»

2011 BEST Chinese Restaurant, South

Sichuan Gourmet

Sharon

Hidden behind this Chinese joint’s bland exterior you’ll find flavorful, expertly prepared dishes aplenty. Kung pao chicken and beef with broccoli come sans cornstarchy sauces, and the more authentic Szechwan far—like Chengdu spicy dumplings, and dried chicken with chili sauc—simply… read more»

2011 BEST Chinese Restaurant

Jojo Taipei

Allston

The finest Chinese around, it turns out, isn’t anywhere near Chinatown. JoJo specializes in Taiwanese cuisine, but there are enough options for every level of taste and bravery, from the traditional (pancake with scallion and roasted beef) to the adventurous… read more»

2008 BEST Chinese Restaurant

Mary Chung

Cambridge

Canny gastronomes make it a habit to trail MIT’s international students to the area’s top home-style Asian, Middle Eastern, and Latin American spots. So when we heard that Mary Chung was a hit with the grad students, we immediately set… read more»

2007 BEST Chinese Restaurant

New Jumbo Seafood

Boston

Last year a new owner added “New” to the name of this steadfastly excellent Chinatown joint. Happily, that appears to have been his only real change. The spicy salt calamari remains one of the city’s best takes on tricky-to-cook squid…. read more»

2006 BEST Chinese Restaurant
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East Ocean City

Boston

A good gourmet always appreciates knowing where his food comes from. And at East Ocean City, where lobster, fish, shrimp, and king crab swim happily in large tanks before being plucked for your plate, it’s pretty obvious. The menu includes… read more»

2005 BEST Chinese Restaurant

Jumbo Seafood

Boston

Select a sea bass or blackfish from a giant tank, watch the waiters skillfully net it, and wait. Just 20 minutes later, said fish arrives steamed with scallions and ginger. It doesn’t get any fresher than this. From seafood delight… read more»

2004 BEST Chinese Restaurant

Peach Farm

Boston

Check the specials before ordering at Peach Farm—the seafood is always right from the tank, the clams in black bean sauce taste fresh from the sea, and the lobster with ginger and scallions is the stuff Cantonese dreams are made… read more»