This no-frills joint tempts passersby with lacquer-skinned roast ducks hanging by their necks in the steamed-up window. The menu is expansive but inexpensive: The Pei Par BBQ duck and the Hong Kong–style barbecued pig are sublime in their simplicity, savory and slick with fat. Chinese broccoli arrives jade-green and crisp, and the beef chow fun comes out charred and tasting of the properly smoking wok. Even the egg rolls are notable, dotted with bits of roasted pork. Our advice? Order lots and eat the leftovers at home.
Most Chicago neighborhoods have their own distinct identity, but perhaps none is more singular or diverse than Uptown's, which results in one of the city's coolest dining destinations. The best restaurants in Uptown span the globe, from Vietnamese and Chinese to American and Ethiopian. Your journey starts on Argyle Street, a main artery of the area that's home to some of Chicago's finest Asian restaurants specializing in peking duck, pho and dim sum. You could easily fill up here, but then you'd miss out on the nabe's vegan Jewish deli, one of the best fine dining restaurants in Chicago and a fried chicken spot that serves its meals with milkshakes. They're all part of what makes Uptown one of the city's most delicious destinations.
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