Saturday, May 18, 2013

Great Sea Chinese Retaurant

Location: 3254 W Lawrence
Cost: About $15 per person

Like many of my dine out driven friends, I've got a laundry list of places to hit up. When someone recommends that I check out their favorite spot, I jot it down on this list. In the rare case that I get to pick where we go to dinner I reference the list. There was this one spot that my buddy Alex told me about a week or two after I first started JEC. He told me this was his favorite place to get chicken wings and that the Chinese food wasn't bad either. When my parents wanted to meet somewhere north in the city to "split the distance" I told them to meet me at Great Sea.

Great Sea is this dinky little spot on Lawrence in Albany Park. You'd easily miss it if you weren't looking. There's plenty of street parking, and driving is probably your best bet. I don't think they take reservations, and we got in at just the right time. There's not really a hostess. Rather, the owner hollers at you from a counter in the back of the restaurant to ask how many are in your party. It can be rather confusing, especially since so many people take out chicken wings from that back counter. The cost is what you'd expect with most entrees in the $12 range and a huge platter of wings at $16.

The Food
We got the ball rolling with a small order of the Egg Drop Soup. To be clear, the small bowl was way more than enough for the three of us. We also got the Spring Rolls and the Egg Rolls. The soup was rich and salty. The spring rolls were bland and dry so I would avoid them. The egg rolls were crispy, well stuffed, and flavorful.

The Egg Drop Soup

 The Spring Rolls

The Egg Rolls

We split the Mongolian Beef, the Cashew Chicken, the Shrimp Fried Rice, and of course the Chicken Wings. The wings are the house specialty and if the rest of the meal had been garbage, it would still be worth going for the wings. They're lollipopped and dressed in a sweet and spicy sauce. Everything else was standard and possibly too oily. The cashew chicken was missing cashews, but we were so content with everything else we didn't bother sending it back.

The Shrimp Fried Rice

 The Mongolian Beef
The Chicken Wings

 The "Cashew" Chicken

Great Sea may just have some of the best wings in the city. The other food is solid too. The trek to Albany Park isn't convenient by any means, but I'll be making it again soon. I'm giving them 4 out of 5 Pearls.

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  1. Great Sea Chinese Retaurant has been a Chinese Food go-to for years. Next time, try their Cha Chiang Mein (Black Sauce Noodle) and Spicy Seafood Noodle Soup. I think you'll like it!


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