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Lao Ma La - CLOSED

2017 S Wells St, Chicago, IL 60616-3683
+1 312-225-8989
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6 Sep 2014
“extermely spicy and lives up to its name”
8 Apr 2013
“Another Spicy Treat in Chinatown”
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2017 S Wells St, Chicago, IL 60616-3683
Neighbourhood: Chinatown
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Reviewed 6 September 2014

quick seating. friendly staff. unfortunately the fish was way too spicy and we had to have chicken broth added to the fish stock so that we could eat it. the fish itself was very tender. also ordered the scallion pancakes. I would definitely come again...More

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Reviewed 8 April 2013

This is another of Tony Hu's restaurants -- all of which are at an extremely high standard of authenticity and quality. Ma La is the term for the flavor of the Sichuan Peppercorn, which delightfully numbs the tongue. This is basically a Sichuan restaurant, with...More

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Reviewed 17 March 2012

The best restaurant in Chinatown is Japanese! We bought a groupon that offered a degustation menu. We had - seaweed salad *** - salmon sashimi **** - pork belly **** - spare ribs **** - spicy wings (they are really spicy) - kuro buta ****...More

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Reviewed 13 March 2012

I'm very pleased to be the one to ask Trip Advisor to add this restaurant. My daughter and I were visiting Chicago. I signed up to get Groupons for Chi mostly as a way of finding places that might be of interest. Saw one for...More

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Chicago, Illinois
Reviewed 31 December 2007

Good food, good presentation. Their location is a quite hidden so would take a bit to find.

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Chinatown may be one of Chicago’s smallest
neighborhoods geographically, but it's big on
character, colors, sights, sounds, and flavors. In
this South Side neighborhood, you’ll find authentic
Chinese restaurants dotting the length of Wentworth
Avenue. After a meal of dim sum, noodles, duck or
other tantalizing food specialties, satiate your
visual appetite with dozens of public art sculptures
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  • Address: 2017 S Wells St, Chicago, IL 60616-3683
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Chinatown
  • Neighbourhood: Chinatown
  • Phone Number: +1 312-225-8989