2424 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN | Directions 5540444.958220 -93.278076
Mon., Wed. - Sun. 11am - 9pm;Tue. CLOSED
Neighborhoods: Powderhorn, Whittier
Authentic! – Having lived in Taipei for four years, I can attest to the authenticity of both the food and the ambience. Taiwanese food is known for it's freshness, not spice and Evergreen delivers on this. As for the ambience, I spent many a meal in a fluorescent-lit basement restaurant in Taipei where I enjoyed all sorts of Chinese cuisine from Cantonese to Northern-style cooking, Sichuan and Hunan to Shanghai and Taiwanese styles.
Evergreen's strength is its variety of traditional Taiwanese specialties interlaced with dishes from the Mainland. If you want authenticity, try Evergreen.
A treat – Evergreen is great if you are a vegetarian or not. There are almost as many options for vegetarians as for meat eaters, even soups, which in most places have a meat broth. There's a wide variety of non-meat, beyond just tofu and seitan (mock duck). The food is always good, and the price is definitely right. The service can be a little hit or miss. The ambience isn't exactly romantic, but it doesn't really matter when the food is as good as it is.
the best in Minneapolis – This is one of the two best Chinese restaurants in Twin Cities (the other was China Crown in Roseville, now closed). It specializes in Taiwan-ese cuisine but the chef, Connie Wen and her sister, will prepare other styles to order (I had Mao Po Tofu, a Szechuan dish, that was excellent). Though everything is fresh, if you want to explore the limits of this restaurant, stick to Taiwanese specialties, which are mostly on the chalk board, not the menu. Connie's husband, who waits tables, will guide you since his English is very good. In New York, this would stand out but in Twin Cities, this restaurant is an earthquake in the ethnic dining scene. Remember, except China Crown, every Chinese restaurant in Twin Cities until now has served only Cantonese food. Though Cantonese is allright, you owe it to yourself to try other styles.
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Finally, true Taiwanese cuisine has arrived in the twin towns. Evergreen is attracting crowds not for its ambience, but rather for its incredible, affordable eats. The sterile cafe, tucked away in a basement, is minimally decorated. But once seated at one of the simple tables, diners will find themselves charmed by owner Frank Hwang--he runs the front of the house, while his wife Connie cooks. He'll suggest dishes that will keep you smiling throughout dinner.
The mouthwatering menu, a mix of Chinese basics and Taiwanese dishes, offers something for everyone: carnivores, herbivores, spice-lovers and kids. Start with a basket of staff-recommended steamed buns or delicately wrapped, meat-filled dumplings. Flavorful specialties include tender Mongolian beef with crisp green onion, tangy sesame chicken and spicy Mandarin shrimp or scallops tossed with vegetables in a rich, smooth sauce. Noodle dishes are nicely prepared, if a little bland, but the Taiwanese-style stir-fry is aromatic and delicious.
Quiet Place – Taiwanese cuisine is the word here. Very quiet, owing to unfortunate location in a basement thus easy to drive by without noticing. Very clean interior. Quiet. Helpful owner/manager who will try his best to help you with the menu. Food choice is not extensive, but everything is cooked well. The noodle dishes aren't as tasty as Cantonese style cooking however and the appetizers are authentic, so caution is to be advised to the uninitiated. Overall, a good place to go for value chinese.
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