Best of Boston

2024 Best Chinese Restaurant

Szechuan Mountain House

Fiery Sichuan specialties abound at this swanky New York import, which has been drawing huge crowds to Allston since its late 2023 debut. The menu doesn’t shy away from ingredients that may be less familiar to American palates, from a dish of blood curd, tripe, and intestine in spicy chili-oil broth to braised frog meat in sour, spicy soup. But tried-and-true favorites like mapo tofu and peppercorn beef are just as delicious. Cool down with the can’t-stop-snacking salted-egg-yolk corn.

89 Brighton Ave., Retail A, Boston, 617-329-6920,