Cleveland's 4 best spots to score budget-friendly Chinese fare

Cleveland's 4 best spots to score budget-friendly Chinese fare
LJ Shanghai | Photo: Sarah E./Yelp
By Hoodline - Published on February 28, 2020.

Looking to satisfy your appetite for Chinese fare?

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best affordable Chinese restaurants around Cleveland, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of where to fulfill your urges.

1. LJ Shanghai


Topping the list is LJ Shanghai. Located at 3142 Superior Ave. in Goodrich-Kirkland Park, the Shanghainese spot is the highest-rated inexpensive Chinese restaurant in Cleveland, boasting 4.5 stars out of 300 reviews on Yelp.

Find dishes like Shanghai pan-fried noodles, pork and veggie wonton soup and beef curry soup with vermicelli on the menu. Side dishes like soup dumplings and cucumber garlic are also available.

Yelper Stephen M. who reviewed LJ Shanghai on Jan. 30, wrote "Great food. Authentic feel. Beautiful and bright dining room with a peek into the dumpling making station. The seaweed salad, dumplings and my entree...were all flavorful and on point."

Yelper Agnes I. added, "I've never traveled to Shanghai, China, but I've visited Beijing and Hefei (China), where the food I ate was out of this world delicious. Knowing that I've had authentic Chinese food before, you can believe me when I say that LJ Shanghai is a great restaurant."

2. Phusion Cafe


Next up is University District's Phusion Cafe, situated at 11611 Euclid Ave. With four stars out of 178 reviews on Yelp, the Taiwanese and Chinese spot has proven to be a local favorite for those looking for a cheap option.

Look for items like seaweed salad, bubble and milk tea, Hakka-style ginger beef and Korean kimchi with beef.

Yelp can offer more information about Phusion Cafe.

"We are a Taiwanese family. We moved to the States a couple of decades ago," according to the bio section of the business's Yelp profile. "This restaurant has been running for more than 20 years with the name of 'China Sea.' Our menu used to be all Chinese food."

As to what the business is known for, "Delicious and healthy Taiwanese food like mum cooked at home," it notes on Yelp in the section explaining specialties.

3. King Fong

Photo: TONYA K.Yelp

Jefferson's King Fong, located at 14055 Lorain Ave., is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the affordable Chinese and Asian fusion spot 3.5 stars out of 22 reviews.

Choose from a plethora of combination plates and specialty dishes. Expect items like shrimp mei fun, sesame chicken and pork fried rice.

Yelper Steve G., who reviewed King Fong on Oct. 25, wrote, "For under $10, you get a large bowl filled with rice and the entree you choose, along with a very large soup. I got Kung Pao chicken and shrimp and wonton soup...it was a good portion, along with the chicken."

Tammy J. noted, "Great food. Great prices. Quick delivery. Good service...General Tso chicken is delicious [and] egg foo young as well."

4. Jackie Chen Wok

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Jackie Chen Wok, a Chinese spot in Buckeye Shaker, is another cheap go-to, with 3.5 stars out of 10 Yelp reviews. Head over to 2756 Van Aken Blvd. to see for yourself.

The restaurant offers numerous dishes, including fried rice, chow mein, Thai red curry and seafood entrees, to name a few. Try options like the curry chicken, the sweet and sour shrimp or the pork with vegetables.

Yelper Amelia D., wrote, "My go-to greasy Chinese takeout place. The food is cheap, delicious and super quick! I've yet to order something I didn't like. I'm a vegetarian, and they have plenty of options for me."

Patrick F. noted, "Honestly, I didn't know what to think about this place at first, but for low-key [and] really affordable Chinese food, it's amazing. The quality is excellent, and everything is generally really well done."

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