This go-to stays busy churning out charismatic Chinese food and charm. Lanterns hang from wooden beams above tables. Flower patterns, stars and bright colors decorate walls and windows. Enthusiastic waitresses in pigtails and traditional farmer peasant garb serve up northeastern favorites like braised meats, dumplings, stews, noodles and corn pancakes.
Beer goes great with the hearty food—though if you dare, the preferred drink is northern-style baijiu; corn distilled firewater. Go ahead and order the sweet and sour fish; standard taste, yet served in signature style: waitresses perform an entertaining northeastern folk song as they present your plate. Inform the waitstaff when there’s a birthday and you’ll all celebrate in distinctive northeastern fashion. Classic memory maker and a good meal too.