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A new take on takeout from America’s top Chinese restaurants

Published: Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 - 10:24 am

The words “takeout” and “Chinese” are a longtime couple, as in, “Let’s not cook dinner tonight, let’s get Chinese takeout instead.”

There’s a certain irony that Chinese takeout is an American institution, a situation the editors of The Daily Meal recently recognized. The all-things-food-and-wine website recently rounded up its list of the 15 best restaurants in America for Chinese takeout, canvassing “strip mall nooks and holes-in-the-wall, and bustling Chinatown institutions and bold new kids on the block.”

The methodology included consulting with “chefs and city experts, James Beard Award-winning and nominated chefs, and both nationally and locally trusted sources online and in print in cities across the country.” The criteria include “authenticity, regional cuisine, speed and flavor.”

Five of the 15 winners are in California. The top five are:

1. Lao Sze Chuan, Chicago,

2. Koi Palace, Daly City,

3. San Tung, San Francisco,

4. Xi’An Famous Foods, New York City,

5. Peking duck stall attached to Corner 28 restaurant, Flushing, N.Y. (no website)

To see the complete list and read the summaries, go to

Call The Bee’s Allen Pierleoni, (916) 321-1128. Follow him on Twitter @apierleonisacbe.

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Chris Macias has served as The Sacramento Bee's Food & Wine writer since 2008. His writing adventures have ranged from the kitchen at French Laundry to helping pick 10 tons of zinfandel grapes with migrant farm workers in Lodi. Chris also judges regularly at food, wine and cocktail competitions around Northern California. His profile of a former gangbanger-turned-pastry-chef was included in Da Capo's "Best Food Writing 2012."

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Allen Pierleoni writes about casual lunchtime restaurants in The Sacramento Bee's weekly "Counter Culture" column. He covers a broad range of topics, including food, travel, books and authors. In addition to writing the weekly column "Between the Lines," he oversees the Sacramento Bee Book Club, in which well-known authors give free presentations to the public.

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Blair Anthony Robertson is The Sacramento Bee's food critic.

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