1320 Fourth St SE, Minneapolis, MN | Directions 5541444.980517 -93.236537
Neighborhoods: University, Dinkytown
Serving up authentic Chinese food, this Dinkytown hot spot has long had a loyal following. – In Short
Popular with high profile chefs out for a bite as well as university students who know a good, cheap meal when they see one, this big place is always busy. Bargain-basement decor matches bargain-basement prices for reliably fresh fare. A dictionary-size menu is overwhelming--with Szechuan specialties, hot pots, vegan options, and loads of seafood, such as the sesame shrimp--battered with a light airy touch, the prawns are drizzled with sweet but not overpowering sauce.
Great Food! – Minneapolis is like a second home to me since I lived there for about 6 years. After moving to other state, this is the restaurant I miss. I have not found any restaurant on par with Shuang Cheng. They have an amazing FIVE-SPICE DUNGEOUNESS CRAB, Orange Beef, Mapo Tofu, Salt&Pepper Squid, and many other things that I could not remember. The price is reasonable too!
One of my lifetime favorites! – I just ate dinner here with my family tonight (Sunday night 7pm). We didn't even look at the menu, only the greaseboard, like everyone recommended. We had 3 dishes: "Seafood w/asparagus", "Stir-fried green beans", and "Beef Chow Fun". We absolutely loved the green beans and chow fun. Outstanding. Seafood w/asparagus was good too, but it just didn't match our cravings for tonight. Friendly service. Seated right away. I looked around at what everyone else was ordering--I saw a LOT of people ordering crab, fish, some kind of sesame chicken-looking dish, stir fried green beans and chow fun. But for sure, almost everyone had a dish of crab on their table. I'm ordering that next time.
Yummy – I think this is the best Chinese restaurant in the Twin Cities. Do yourself a favor and order off of the grease board and not the menu. They have some of the best seafood in the area. I love the salt and pepper shrimp (not on the menu but they'll cook it for you), the chicken with asparagus and the beef with orange sauce. Skip the watered down generic stuff like chop suey. But be sure to get some seafood with one of your orders. The atmosphere isn't the great but the wonderful food makes up for it.
Best Chinese in Town – While I respect the opinion of anyone who may give Shuang Cheng a negative review, I would add that they must have not tried the right dishes. This is, by far and away, the best Chinese place in town. In fact, it ranks as one of the best seafood places as well. Some free advice - be adventurous here. Don't even look at the huge menu. Go right to the illuminated board and select some seafood creations like the giant oysters in black bean sauce, the whole walleye or the sole w/ asparagus. You won't be disappointed!! All that said, don't go to SC for the atmosphere. Aside from the lively Asian conversations at the adjoining tables, SC is not a sight to behold.
Great Food – This place has the best walleye I've ever ate. Great authentic chinese food.
A favorite – This is one of my all time favorites in terms of Chinese food. I've eaten at SC on a regular basis for the past ten years now. The food is still as good as always. The seafood dishes are always fresh and tasty and the price has remained fair. The fried seabass with ginger and scallions soy sauce is a delicious dish if you want to try something new. I highly recommend it.
Focus on the Food – OK, the atmosphere is terrible. I mean really bad. Formica and florecent lights. Easy-clean plastic and the same old soy sauce bottles and paper placemats you get at any "here today, gone tomorrow" Chinese place. But the food. Ahhh, the food. The best sweet and sour chicken in town. I've been eating here for--over 10 years? Maybe more. Huge menu, and many items either not on the menu--you have to ask--or listed on a giant whiteboard on the back wall.
Focus on the food and all will be right with the world. Don't even order drinks--flat fountain soda, etc. Bring your own (just kidding).
The service is spotty--some nights it is very quick, others, the waiters seem distracted. And did I mention the atmosphere is like the lunch counter at Woolworths? But try the Sweet and Sour and smile...
All the Chinese eat here – This restaurant in my opinion is the best chinese in Minnesota. Go in there any night of the week and you'd be hard pressed to find an American in there. The Chinese community give this place the thumbs up as it is full of them and that says alot about this restaurant. Dont come here if you're looking for million dollar decor, but if youre looking for top quality tasty authentic chinese food, you wont find anything better.
Dinky's best Chinese spot – By far the best Chinese place around the U, and possibly the Twin Cities. I've never had a mediocre meal here, and never paid more than a marginal tab. The lunch specials are when it's crowded, but for good reason. Five bucks will get you a huge plate heaping with your appetizer, fried rice and the entree and free tea. Gives Village Wok a run for it's money.
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