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Two Lanterns Cafe, newish Asian in Lincolnwood
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    Post #1 - November 9th, 2019, 8:33 am
    Post #1 - November 9th, 2019, 8:33 am Post #1 - November 9th, 2019, 8:33 am
    Two Lanterns Cafe, newish Asian in Lincolnwood. Clear clean flavor, quality ingredients made with care. Chicken wings tip-top, juicy, crisp, tender and meaty. Spotless comfortable space with parking and ultra reasonable lunch special prices. Spoke briefly to the owner, for now she has removed Cambodian dishes from the menu. I was looking forward to bone-in Cambodian chicken curry, not available. Its two doors down from double-yum Wholly Frijoles, not exactly the epicenter of experiential dining in Chicagoland. ;) Lunch was still really tasty, and the soups looked terrific. I'll be back soon.

    Bonus, I knew the friendly efficient server from two other neighborhood restaurants. Double bonus, owner is sister of Ethan Lim owner/chef of my current culinary crush Hermosa Restaruant.

    Two Lanterns Cafe, count me a Fan!

    TwoLaternsP1.jpg Wings

    TwoLaternsP2.jpg Spicy Chicken

    TwoLaternsP3.jpg Kung Pao Chicken

    TwoLaternsP5.jpg Specials menu

    TwoLaternsP4.jpg Two Lanterns Cafe, exterior


    Two Laterns Cafe
    3900 W Touhy Ave
    Lincolnwood, IL 60712
    847-410-7829
    Closed Monday
    One minute to Wapner.
    Raymond Babbitt

    Low & Slow
  • Post #2 - November 9th, 2019, 9:09 am
    Post #2 - November 9th, 2019, 9:09 am Post #2 - November 9th, 2019, 9:09 am
    How was the Kung Pao/Bao? Demerits already for broccoli and celery but if the sauce is right I'll beat a path to their door.
    What is patriotism, but the love of good things we ate in our childhood?
    -- Lin Yutang
  • Post #3 - November 9th, 2019, 9:28 am
    Post #3 - November 9th, 2019, 9:28 am Post #3 - November 9th, 2019, 9:28 am
    Kung pao was half a step above typical americhinese KP. Nothing to make a trip for. Peppercorns in Evanston and Asian Bistro in Arlington Heights do a far superior job.

    The wings are the saving grace in my book. I’d go back for an order of those alone.
  • Post #4 - November 9th, 2019, 9:41 am
    Post #4 - November 9th, 2019, 9:41 am Post #4 - November 9th, 2019, 9:41 am
    JoelF wrote:How was the Kung Pao/Bao? Demerits already for broccoli and celery but if the sauce is right I'll beat a path to their door.
    I like broccoli and the celery added a nice crunch, no demerits in my book. Far as flavor, it was Octarine's lunch and I only had a taste. I thought it tasty, and I love kung pao, but when I order at Two Lanterns I will ask for less dark, more spice. I liked my spicy chicken, bride her tofu vegetable but the real winner were the wings. We got one order of 6, tasted, and immediately ordered another round.

    Great Beijing in the same general neighborhood has hyper-reasonable lunch specials, including kung pao, which I like quite a bit. If I remember correctly, $7.95 for big portion of kung pao, choice of steamed or fried rice, crab rangoon, surprisingly good hot and sour soup (add a splash of vinegar) and tea. Plus, if you ask, kimchi, diakon pickle, onion and jajangmyeon sauce to dip.

    GreatBeijing90.jpg Great Beijing Kung Pao lunch special
    One minute to Wapner.
    Raymond Babbitt

    Low & Slow

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