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New Jeanny's Chinese Restaurant

View Map1053 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago
Tel: (773) 248-1133
Fax: (773) 248-6268
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Editorial Review of New Jeanny's Chinese Restaurant

New management has taken over, and it's clear that they fixed some of the obvious problems; delivery times on takeout orders are faster than the speed of light (from the time the order is placed on the phone to the time the delivery boy arrivers at your house, it's less than 30 minutes) and the lovely redesign of the what-once-felt-sticky interior is pleasing on the eyes, but the quality of the food has suffered.

The food, however, can be so-so. How can you mess up fried rice, kids? This Vegetable Fried Rice (small, $3.95) lacked the ever-important ingredient of egg and the rice tasted as if it had sat in the kitchen for days before being fried up in old grease. Loved by one diner and despised by this writer, the Schewan Green Beans ($6.95) were covered in a sickly sweet sauce that made them unlike any Schewan Green Beans ever created. Though they were brilliantly green and crispy to the palate, they had to be doused in soy sauce and coupled with plain rice in order to render them edible.

On the good side, the Crispy Tofu ($3.95) appetizer was delicious and covered in a salsa-like concoction (made with tiny bits of shallots). Delivery time was warp speed and the price is budget-friendly enough (with small and large portion sizes available) to make ordering multiple dishes (go this route, you might get lucky) possible. Also, the request for a full lemon to be delivered wasn't frowned upon and the extra soy sauce, sweet and sour sauce and chili flakes were delivered in their own packed-to-the-brim bag (most places ignore the request for extra sauces altogether). The almond cookies were a nice touch, as well, but they don't make up for the fact that the food just isn't as good as it used to be. Maybe with an ingredient re-tweak here and there, we'll get a taste of the old Jeanny's; all we can do is hope.

Average cost: $10-$20

Centerstage Reviewer: Misty Tosh

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11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday; noon-10 p.m. Sunday

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