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“Quick, good, and they deliver.”

Empress Chinese Restaurant
Ranked #4 of 6 Restaurants in Kotzebue
Cuisines: Chinese
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Reviewed 31 January 2012

This is the Plan B for Kotzebue dining...they'll deliver anywhere, anytime. Especially good if you're waiting for that Bering Air or Alaska Airlines flight and the planes are delayed for weather. They'll also deliver to the Nullagvik later at night, which is a nice in-room option.

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Reviewed 16 September 2011

I liked the first bite of the food.. but then second and 3rd bite, I knew that the dish was "FULL OF MSG". I called watress and asked her if the dish contained MSG, she confirmed it. If you are reading this, please find out what is M.S.G.(monosodium glutamate) All the restaurants in big cities don't use it anymore because it is harmful to human body. I hope people in Kotzebue realize what they are eating!!!! The MSG will bring out the savory taste from the dishes... but definitely NOT Healthy at ALL!!!!!
Service was ok~~ though~

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Reviewed 10 August 2011

The Empress is the absolute best place to eat in the village. While the seating is not as accommodating as another restaurant nearby, it’s worth going over and over again. Everyone is so friendly and the food is the best. Over the 9 months that I was on assignment in Kotzebue, I ate there the most. I never had a meal I didn’t like and even got to taste some Korean foods that were not on the menu from the cooks. Ice cream, this is the only place where you won’t find ice chips in it and the chicken taste the freshest. A must try; you’ll be going back for more.

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Reviewed 29 September 2008

Reasonable prices (for the NW Arctic), friendly service, and good food can be found at the Empress. Oh, and there's a million dollar view of Kotzebue Sound that restaurants in the lower 48 would die for.

The Empress sure doesn't look like much from the outside, but it's warm inside and it's got some of the best food in town. It's not 5 star cuisine, just plain old American and Chinese food, but there's plenty of it for the price.

(They also do a huge business in ice cream, which goes to show you that you can sell ice cream to Eskimos....)

Why pay $4-8 for junk food burritos or $3 for a corn dog at the local grocery store when for a dollar or two more you can get a full platter of home cooked food at the Empress?

The Empress does lunch and dinner only. No breakfast.

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