Saturday, April 13, 2013

Great Sea Chinese Restaurant

Location: 3254 W. Lawrence Ave., Chicago, IL 60625
Great Sea Chinese Restaurant on Urbanspoon

A Quick Word:
When it comes to Asian style wings, Great Sea Chinese Restaurant may have be one of the originals in Chicago.  I believe they started before one of Chicago's best, Crisp, and definitely before their own sister restaurant, Take Me Out.  Regardless of when they started, this restaurant specializes in lollipop style Asian wings rather than the typical buffalo wings.  These one-biters are perfect for parties.  Great Sea offers a discount on party trays... so definitely check those out.  In terms of atmosphere, the restaurant is set up like a typical Chinese restaurant.  There tends to be a wait if you decide to eat here during peak hours, so just be aware.  Overall, I decided to give them a 4 mile rating for their amazing lollipop chicken wings.

What We Ate:

Hot & Spicy Chicken Wings

When you first receive your order of wings, you may be surprised by the look.  These wings are served "lollipop" style.  That means they slice the tendon on one side of the drummette and also remove one of the bones on the actual wing portion.  By doing so, the meat curls up onto one end of the bone, leaving the other side bare.  By cooking the wings using this technique, it makes them easier to eat; in fact, it makes them "one-biters".  The wings here are fried to perfection and tossed in either a mild or spicy Asian style sauce.  They have a great crispiness without being too oily. The sauce is the addicting part... I really enjoy the spicy one despite not having as much heat as I would like.  Each of the chicken wing orders comes with white rice which is much needed.  Definitely add some of the hot sauce to the white rice and enjoy.  The only problem is the price.  They have significantly increased their price since my first visit to Great Sea and are now $17.99 for 12-15 pieces or $47.99 for a half party tray (50 pieces).

The DOs/DON'Ts:
- You can buy their sauce and make your own chicken wings at home!
- Their sister restaurant, Take Me Out, is located in the Pilsen area if you are from the south side.

- Their dining room is small, so coming at peak times is difficult.  I suggest ordering out.
- No website... menupages prices are incorrect, so just be aware that costs are significantly higher than expected.

How far would I walk for this food?


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