The Other Restaurant Row

South shore eateries, markets help make a neighborhood

China Express

1913 E. Riverside, 448-3633

Monday-Thursday, 11am-9:30pm; Saturday, 11:30am-10pm; Sunday, 11:30am-9:30pm

China Express is next to the large bingo hall in the River Hills Shopping Center, and they offer a daily lunch buffet ($3.99 weekdays, $4.99 weekends) of somewhat limited scope (six entrées plus additional items). Limited or not, the crowds don't seem to care. The space is long, narrow, and brightly lit, with tables efficiently covering the floor area.

China Express shines brightest with their items from the menu, most of which can be purchased as a combo (with egg roll, fried rice, and soup) or as a larger portion served with rice. The choices are surprisingly varied for such a small restaurant, covering most items that one might expect to find on the typical Chinese menu.

The prices are what attract at China Express. Picture a large platter of Szechuan hot spiced shrimp for $5.95 or a combo platter of pork with garlic sauce for only $4.25. Daily lunch special platters range from $3.75 to $4.25, and imported beers are only $1.75! Consider China Express a friendly neighborhood Chinese diner, with a reasonable selection and fantastically low prices.

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