Won Kow (Restaurant, Chinatown)

Location: 2237 S. Wentworth Ave.
Phone: (312) 842-7500
Cuisine: Chinese
Reservations: Accepted

Walking down the main stretch of Wentworth Avenue in Chinatown, the large green sign for Won Kow is recognizable from blocks away. Chinatown’s oldest Chinese restaurant opened in 1927, you enter by walking up the steps to the second floor where the restaurant is located. You’ve entered a Chinese food paradise with that old school Chinatown feel. The extensive menu has all your typical favorites as well as creative spins on traditional dishes. White table clothes accompany Chinese decor hanging on the walls and around the main bar.

We decided to indulge in some strong “volcano” drinks that arrive at your table flaming with large straws for sharing and obviously, tiny drink umbrellas. The drinks come in handcrafted bowls and all have unique names without much description about what each of them actually contain. We decided that most tasted like a spin on a classic Mai Tai, so if you’re not into juices, these concoctions are not for you. We chose some tasty appetizers to help soak up our volcano drinks and everything was very reasonably priced. But after two volcano drinks it was time to journey to the next place…

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Tessa McLean

About Tessa McLean

There is just something about that feeling when you have been away — maybe for a weekend, a month, 6 months — and you’re driving into Chicago and that first glimpse of the city skyline appears. It just always makes me smile.

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