Just down the street from our kids' school sits Lao Sze Chuan, an institution in Downers Grove. Since it's on the edge of our neighborhood, we drive by it pretty much every day and, on occasion, order stuff to go. Surprisingly, we've never eaten there, but it looks clean and has a nice Chinese aesthetic.
For appetizers, we've tried Scallion Pancakes (very tasty but a bit on the greasy side when taken home), String Beans with Spicy Black Beans, and something I'd never seen elsewhere before (though it does show up on other menus after research), Vegetarian Chicken Shanghai Style. Vegetarian Chicken Shanghai Style is thin sheets of tofu rolled around a mushroom filling and then sliced, served with a salty plum sauce (or that's what it tasted like). Interesting texture and taste, I actually preferred it the next day fried up in a pan.
For entrees we've stuck mostly with veggie dishes, usually a safe bet: Szechuan String Beans, Moo Shu Vegetables, Vegetables Chow Mein, Vegetables Chow Mein Cantonese Style, Vegetables Lo Mein, they're all pretty good. One complaint occasionally heard is that they don't add a lot of spices to their dishes and that's sometimes true, along with minimal or no salt sometimes. I don't mind, because our family has a range of tolerances for saltiness, which allows each person to customize to their preference.
Overall, I'd say this is a decent place for dinner, with takeout by phone or GrubHub (not my favorite since you can't request a pickup time) -- the food stays really hot, the menu is varied, and there are plenty of menu items you won't find at a fast food Chinese restaurant. If you're in Downers Grove and are looking for a tasty spot with something for most, this is a good option.
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