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Posted by Bear on 04/12/2012
Delivery is fast and it arrived hot! Dishes were ample: Egg Drop Soup: Wonderful! Lots of egg with green onions. General Tso's Chicken: Lot's of Chicken. Kung Pao Tofu: Lots of tofu, plus carrots, peanuts and a little zucchini. I like more veggies in mine and it could have been spicier. (Wasn't spicy at all) But I enjoyed it. Shrimp Fried Rice: Shrimp are the little salad kind but they put a lot so that is fine. Just come egg and green onions. Basic, but good. Not the most refined Chinese food but cheap and good, standard stuff.
Posted by Steve on 12/10/2010
I am only reviewing the Kung Pao Chicken. It is my favorite Chinese dish and Eat First makes it better than anyone else. I don't live nearby, but this is where I eat. I literally pass 20 Chinese restaurants on my way to East First. The favor is awesome. But unlike most restaurants, Eat First does not make it spicy. So when I order I ask for extra spicy. Chicken quality is the only negative. They don't use the prime breast meat, but the flavor makes up for that down side.
Posted by Anonymous on 04/21/2010
I order take out from here all the time, it's great. Quick, friendly service. The food isn't amazing, but for the price it is a good deal and I've never had a bad meal.
Posted by wickerPark on 08/09/2009
After reading the reviews here, I thought, great, decent chinese food in Wicker Park. I'm a transplant from Seattle and have been jonesing for some good Kung Pao or Ma Po tofu. I walked down to this place. Unimpressive place - the windows were tagged, the floor was dirty and no customers were in the place - it looked like choosing delivery would result in your best dining experience. I put in an order to go, the appetizer array and Gen'l Tso's chicken. Both were real disappointments. All the appetizers were very greasy and they *all* seemed to have been seasoned with 5 Spice. Don't try the shrimp rolls, they're not worth the $. The chicken dish was okay, but the heat in the sauce came from a vinegary source, not the peppers usually employed. So all in all, I'll go back one more time and try something else to be fair, but first impression was I wasted my money on a bad meal.
Posted by Daniel on 12/28/2007
This is the best Kung Pow Chicken I've had, better then Chinatown in Chicago or NY. The chicken here is always extrememly fresh, and the lunch/dinner specials are the best deal in town!
Posted by Chris on 08/27/2007
For a city lacking in cheep and decent Chinese food Eat First stands out for great hangover takeout. Calling for pickup is the way to go, as the food is generally ready for you by the time you walk over there. 'Cause secretly we're all sick of Thai.
Posted by MJ on 07/14/2007
Good food, reasonable price and quick service. What more can a dude ask for?