Chino Chinatown is nestled directly in the center of Trinity Groves, home to several of the best restaurants in Dallas. Executive chef and owner Uno Immanivong was inspired by “barrios Chinos,” the “Chinatown” neighborhoods that were home to Chinese immigrants that arrived in South America in the late 19th century. The lack of traditional Asian ingredients prompted these Chinese immigrants to incorporate Latin flavors into their traditional dishes in creative ways, blending two distinct cuisines to create a new, flavor-packed collection of dishes. It was this rich cultural history and the marriage of flavors that so inspired Chef Immanivong, and Chino Chinatown was born.
Neither a Latin restaurant nor a Chinese restaurant, Dallas favorite Chino Chinatown has a menu that captures the big, bold flavors of both culinary worlds. The Latin influence on the Chinese classics is clearly visible in the list of menu ingredients, making this among the best Chinese food in Dallas. The appetizers read like an incredible mixture of your favorite Latin and Asian flavors, with dishes like the decadent duck fat fries (yucca wedges topped with sriracha ketchup and cotija cheese) and the ahi tuna nachos (seared tuna, avocado, crispy rice noodles and jalapeño, all atop delicious wonton chips). Even the traditional elote, or street corn, has a creative Chinese twist with sriracha aioli, togarashi, and tangy cotija cheese.
The list of entrees doesn’t disappoint either, ranging from dishes like duck confit tacos to incredible barbacoa and Chinese roasted pork ramen topped with a teriyaki egg. If you’re leaning toward more traditional Chinese flavors, you might choose the kung pao chicken, Chino shaken beef noodles or, everyone’s favorite, orange chicken. Be sure to save room for dessert; the pina colada upside down cake is a standout on the menu, topped with a rich salted rum caramel and pistachio brittle. With an extensive cocktails menu, Chino Chinatown is a happy hour favorite among the Trinity Groves restaurants.
How to Make a Reservation
Opening at 11 a.m. every day of the week, and open until 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Chino Chinatown serves brunch, lunch and dinner. The weekend brunch features the perfect collection of food and drinks to start your day off right, served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Reservations are encouraged, as Chino Chinatown is quickly becoming one of the hottest restaurants at Trinity Groves. If you find yourself craving more after visiting Chino Chinatown, they also offer catering for all your events, featuring a la carte options, bento boxes and a variety of lunch packages.
“I had a great visit. My ramen noodle warmed my soul. The bone broth had so much aroma and flavor. It was a pretty dead Wednesday night so we got seated swiftly, got our food and drinks fast, and our server was very tentative. My daughter had the orange chicken, which she enjoyed too.” – Meika J.
“This place is amazing. We had a lot of their dishes. Started with the duck egg rolls, chicken tinga wontons and guacamole, followed by the short rib, ramen, duck fat fried rice, and a bottle of Meiomi Pinot Noir. The desserts were out of this world, Mexican chocolate cake and the Piña Colada upside down cake. As you can see we had a lot of food and by the time we were done the only left over was the Ramen noodles. The area is also very lively to hang around at night. We will be back for sure soon.” – Robert L.