Won Kow is the oldest Chinese restaurant in Chinatown and second oldest in Chicago next to Orange Garden in North Center. The building that houses the restaurant is a part of the original Chinatown architecture dating back to 1928. But more important to you (and your appetite), it serves up a bevy of dim sum dishes and cheap cocktails (umbrella and fruit garni included). Sure, the place looks a bit dated, but that's part of the experience considering old-school dining establishments in Chicago are a dying breed. Please don't compare it to a Tony Hu resto (we've got him covered, too) and just enjoy a piece of history — and a mai tai.
Won Kow, 2237 South Wentworth Avenue (between Alexander Street and 22nd Place); 312-842-7500.
Photo: Courtesy of Cara Hunt