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Posted on May 18, 2017

Have you ever been so passionate about something, you can’t stop thinking about it? Well that’s how I feel about happy hour. To me, the perfect place to spend happy hour is one filled with lots of food, drinks, and people.

After months of trial and error while searching for that perfect place, my coworkers and I finally found it. One frigid Tuesday evening, we slowly roamed the fast paced streets of Chicago in our winter jackets. After a long day of work and the cold air pinching our faces, we decided we needed to get somewhere quick.

Down the street, we all piled into most chic chinese restaurant I have ever laid my eyes on. Imperial LaMian not only fulfilled my happy hour dreams, it exceeded any and all of my expectations. It soon became our go-to happy hour spot.

I figured, since I’m so fond of the food, drinks and atmosphere I get to experience at happy hour, I might as well check out the what else Imperial LaMian has to offer.  

On a separate occasion, I decided to drag my mom along for some authentic chinese cuisine, to show off the place I have been rambling about for weeks. As soon as we were seated, I put in an order for our favorite cocktails and two crispy duck salads to start off with. I know what you’re thinking, and trust me, my mom felt the same way. Duck isn’t always everyone’s first choice. Although I would have never even guessed it myself, the crispy duck salad has become one of my favorite things on the Imperial LaMain menu.

We carefully studied the extensive dinner menu, filled with an overwhelming amount of amazing food items, including their handmade Bao, Dim Sum, Wok dishes with Seafood, Beef, Lamb, Pork, or Poultry, along with their Fried Rice, wide arrange of side dishes, and hand-pulled Lamian Noodles.

Although I had already told my mom she absolutely had to have the Lamian Noodles, since I had the pleasure of trying them so many times during happy hour, I decided to try something a little different. With all of the different choices, I had no idea what I was really in the mood for. I was torn between the Lamb Chops or the Kung Poa Chicken dishes, so I decided to ask the waiter.

Surprisingly, the waiter was just as torn as I was. He had to request opinions from surrounding waiters, explaining that the two dishes were both just simply too good to choose between. Ultimately, with the help of nearly half the restaurant staff, I went with the Lamb Chops. It’s safe to say, I was far from disappointed. Fresh off the grill, the Lamb Chop’s meat juices and spices mixed together into an amazing dish. We both paired our dishes with a fantastic side of Fried Rice, sadly leaving no room for dessert.

I’m still blown away by the fact that my coworkers and I came across this gem in Chicago’s River North neighborhood on that random Tuesday evening, but I sure am glad we did. Surrounded by so many cool pubs and bars, a few blocks away from the House of Blues, Imperial LaMian is the place to be. Luckily, even if you’re in for more of a lazy day but still craving Imperial LaMian, you can try Imperial LaMian delivery! Their online ordering is easy, quick, and worth every penny.

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