What visit to a big city is complete without going to Chinatown? The only problem in Chicago, the trains! That’s right, we jumped ont he red train, how convenient, it stops in China town. Riding along we noticed one problem. Just before the China town stop, it jumps tracks. That’s right, the station in Chinatown is under renovation. We had to ride a free bus from the previous stop to get there, but we weren’t going to let that stop us!
Location and venue
The restaurant itself is located in the second floor of a building just as you walk under the Chinatown Arch. It wasn’t hard to settle on this restaurant, being a monday night and pretty late, I’m pretty sure they were the only ones open. The entrance leads you to a large stair case where you walk up, are greeted by a server and taken to a table. We had a comfortable table near the widows. The restaurant itself is something typical of an area like this. It has a level of “Dirty” to it, or perhaps “Well Used”, but we certainly didn’t feel it was a bad place to be. We love this type of restaurant.
The servers work as a team, and are very attentive to us, probably overly so. Their menu is huge, and it took us a little time to decide. They were stopping by quite a bit to ask if we were ready. Maybe I was giving off the wrong signals. My wife says I do that alot!
We started with some Dim Sum. We tried the beef short ribs and the Pork and Shrimp Dumpling. They were cooked and delivered in no time. The ribs were tender, and full of flavor. The other item some type of meat and shrimp dumpling was really great as well. I’de give these both a “A”
We opted for two main course dishes. Shrimp and Scallops and Beef Noodles in the “x” sauce. The shrimp and scallops were in a garlicy sauce, served with carrots and Chinese Broccoli. The broccoli was really perfect and spot on. Still a good amount of crunch, but not that bitter raw taste. The shrimp were large, and the scallops were tender and well cooked. I found it interesting the slice the scallops, but I liked that, that meant I had more bites of scallop to enjoy.
The Beef Noodles were served hot from the wok in a flavorful dark sauce, just enough to coat the noodles and vegetables. There was a great flavor different spices as well. They used a thick rice noodle which had a fantastic texture to them, and really a great taste as well. The beef was tender, and the presentation was great.
Triple Crown Restaurant Chinatown Conclusion
Well, there really isn’t much more to say about this visit. We thoroughly enjoyed our chinatown experience, and triple crown is a restaurant we could easily recommend to others. I’m willing to bet just about any item would be a winner. Just don’t be too critical of the cleanliness.