The Dallas/Fort Worth area has some true finds when it comes to Chinese food available for takeout. Ranging from sophisticated environments in the heart of the action to little gems hidden in a strip mall, they all have something unique and flavorful to offer the hungry masses.
Lemongrass Asian Bistro
2711 Elm St
Dallas, TX 75226
Lemongrass is located in the Deep Ellum section of Dallas and provides a very posh and relaxing environment for diners. But for those that cannot stay and enjoy the surroundings, it does make the entire menu available for takeout. The Hot and Sour Soup is very flavorful and unique with a very light broth base. For an entrée, the Lemongrass Shrimp Vermicelli is exquisite with large pieces of shrimp tossed lightly in a bed of pasta with a dash of minced peanuts to add a little crunch. Portions are rather large, so order a few to share and get a taste of multiple dishes.
Ming Place China Bistro
5715 Lemmon Ave, Suite 3
Dallas, TX 75209
Ming is conveniently located between the fast-paced areas of Oak Lawn and Highland Park and prides itself on offering solid meals at a good value. The website offers online ordering and the bistro’s personnel are extraordinarily friendly and will have takeout diners on their way within moments. Great appetizers are the Crab Rangoons, or deep-fried dumplings, and Chicken With Corn Soup that offers tender chicken and crisp vegetables within a savory broth. Some of the best entrees include the Garlic Eggplant, Orange Chicken and Grilled Salmon. A ‘healthy dishes’ portion of the menu offers Chinese cuisine in a more calorie-friendly version.
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400 N Greenville Ave, Suite 16
Richardson, TX 75081
Located in the heart of Richardson’s Asian district lies Caravelle with its pink tablecloths and walls. This restaurant amidst a shopping strip is memorable to both the eyes and mouth. When collecting a takeout order, consider ordering the savory Won Ton Soup and Tofu with Lemongrass. Other great dishes include the legendary Shrimp Balls, the tried-and-true favorite of Beef With Broccoli and the delectable Cheese Lobster. Cheese Lobster? Although not commonly found on typical Chinese menus, this seafood option serves up some of the most succulent lobster with just enough cheese to avoid detracting from the freshness of the main ingredient.
Ocean Chinese Seafood Restaurant
1510 New York Ave
Arlington, TX 76010
When craving authentic Chinese food, few places better satiate the appetite than Ocean Chinese Seafood Restaurant. The entire menu is available for takeout. Absolute treasures include the Shrimp Fried Rice with perfectly cooked rice and vegetables, Orange Beef filled with tender morsels in a savory sauce and the Roast Duck coated in a rich glaze. Definitely sample at least one of the seafood dishes to try this unique take on Chinese. Ocean Chinese Seafood Restaurant is a family-owned restaurant that prides itself on providing delicious Chinese food with a distinct theme, so put this family’s recipes to the test.
Pappa Chang Asia Bistro
1526 Pennsylvania Ave
Fort Worth, TX 76104
Pappa Chang is taking care of Cowtown in style with heaping portions of its tasty, authentic Chinese food. The menu options are so plentiful that a diner can order takeout from here every night of the month and not repeat a single dish. Start the meal with an order of Miso Mushroom Soup and then delve into the entrees. The best of this large list includes the Salt & Pepper Shrimp, which is lightly battered and fried with just enough spicy kick to remind you that you are in Texas. Another good option is the Coconut Curry with chunks of eggplant and vegetables. Pappa Chang also whips up a tasty Boba Tea, so be sure to include one with your order.
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Raine Devries is a 5th generation Dallasite and is well acquainted with the best that the city has to offer. She resides in the Downtown / Deep Ellum area and enjoys being so close to the Arts District, live music venues, and great restaurants. She has a passion for international travel, indie/foreign films, and riding her Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.