A taste of the Orient: 15 mighty independent Chinese restaurants you have to try in Springfield

by Carrie Bradon | Jan. 8, 2018, 6:27am |

Chinese food -- with vegetables and meats in sweet and savory sauces -- are among the most popular foods in America.

Though not an American cuisine, Chinese food has spread throughout the United States since the mid-1800s, when Chinese immigrants came to America for the gold rush. The individuals who opened restaurants quickly gained the attention of hungry 49ers who could not resist the cheap prices and great food prepared by these recently emigrated groups.

While many of the dishes that we call Chinese food today are far from the types of dishes that would be consumed in cities in China, rice-based dishes topped with vegetables and meats in sweet and savory sauces have become some of the most popular foods in the American restaurant industry. 

If you're a lover of Chinese food, here are 15 mighty independent restaurants to try out in Springfield.

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Sunny China House

1931 W. Iles Ave., Springfield, IL 62704
(217) 726-8811
Sunny China House offers affordable dishes inspired by Chinese flavors.

Tai Pan Chinese Restaurant

2636 Stevenson Drive, Springfield, IL 62703
(217) 529-8089
Tai Pan serves up loved dishes like Chicken Lo Mein and Mongolian Beef

New China Restaurant

2801 S. Sixth St., Springfield, IL 62703
(217) 523-3333
New China Restaurant always has fresh food and friendly staff.

Hunan Chinese Restaurant & Sushi

101 Wabash Ave., Springfield, IL 62704
(217) 726-5760
Hunan serves sushi, though a more Japanese type of food, as well as Chinese cuisine.

China Wok

1955 W. Monroe St., Springfield, IL 62704
(217) 787-6651
If you're looking for an affordable meal, China Wok is a great option.

China Star

1899 E. Sangamon Ave., Springfield, IL 62702
(217) 789-0800
China Star's portions are large, which is perfect for a big lunch or dinner.

China King Restaurant

120 N. Grand Ave. W., Springfield, IL 62702
(217) 789-9333
China King serves food fit for a king, so visit today to feel like royalty.

Panda Express

2585 Wabash Ave., Springfield, IL 62704
(217) 726-9880
Panda Express's popular dishes are perfect for a casual but delicious meal.

HIbachi Grill Supreme Buffet

2309 S. MacArthur Blvd., Springfield, IL 62704
(217) 698-6033
Hibachi has an incredible buffet, so get ready to eat all that you can.

China 1

212 S. Grand Ave. E., Springfield, IL 62704
(217) 522-3900
China 1 is affordable and provides quick quality meals.

Hunan Express

238 S. Dirksen Parkway, Springfield, IL 62703
(217) 525-8865
Both affordable and delicious, you can't go wrong with Hunan Express.

Dynasty Asian Cuisine

105 S. Grand Ave. E., Springfield, IL 62704
(217) 528-7899
Dynasty Asian Cuisine is an Asian fusion restaurant, meaning that you can choose from your favorite Asian cuisine.

China Express

1213 Toronto Road, Springfield, IL 62712
(217) 585-1733
China Express is an affordable meal anytime of the day.

Great Wall

1045 Jason Place, Chatham, IL 62629
(217) 483-8885
Great Wall is a clean and friendly spot, always dishing up some of the best Chinese-inspired food in Springfield.


4201 Wabash Ave., Springfield, IL 62711
(217) 787-7733
Mimosa's specialty is Asian fusion, where you can get exciting Chinese dishes.

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