3901 Johnston St, Lafayette, LA | Directions 7050330.198493 -92.055731
Better than the rest – Lafayette has THE WORST Asian food. Even Tsunami- which everyone in Lafayette thinks is wonderful- is really just average in comparison to what you can get in a bigger city like Houston or Denver. What makes Canton City unique is that it is hands down the best chinese food you can find around here. The buffet isn't very good. Neither is the lo mein. Order off the menu and get a dish that is served with rice instead of noodles and you should be pleased.
Best Chinese Food in Town – The only choice for near-authentic chinese food in Lafayette. The Lomein is out of this world. Service is good once you get past the host.
Don't bother. – My husband and I have been in Lafayette for almost a year now and have yet to find a good Chinese restaurant. We have tried a handful now and have been disappointed each time. Last night was no different. We ordered sweet and sour chicken, our favorite entree. The chicken was dark meat which we do not eat, it would have been nice for the menu to state that. We had the food delivered and the sauce was already on the chicken, which is rare with take out. It spilled all in the bag and made a big mess as we were trying to fix our plates. One bite and I was sure I was not going to eat it. We are done looking and wasting our money.
I do not recommend this place! – I would never thought I would be treated so badly at a restaurant! When got in, it took someone literally about 4-5 min to get to me. I stood there holding their menu trying to order something to go for my wife while every person just kept walking by, some looked an looked away. Finally some lady came up to me to ask if I needed help. I told her I need to order something to go, i'm new here. She then pointed me to the other side to the cashier and said you must order with her. Wow, it took them that long to tell me that. Fustrated and angry, I wanted to leave but had to get something for the wifey. They took my order, without a smile. I felt like my business was no concern to them. I can understand that maybe they have enough business to not even care if I ever came back again. On top of that, when brought food home, was not that good. Beware!
Best Chinese in town, always has been. – Lafayette is a town crawling with terrible food overall, and among the worst and over-Americanised are the countless "Chinese" buffets that offer bad tea and as much boiled and deep-fried seafood as they do "Chinese food". Canton City, which has been in business in Lafayette since before my time, walks the razor's edge providing excellent and authentic Cantonese cuisine as well as some Indian fare. The first thing which puts Canton City a mark above the rest is the fact that they furnish their customers with a menu. The cuisine is vastly authentic. They are the only place which uses lo mein noodles instead of spaghetti or egg noodles. Secondly, most dishes from the other places are just deep-fried meat tossed with a sugary sauce, the only variation being that you can get it with or without vegetables. Not here, my friend. My prime example is the Mandarin chicken and duck. Unbeknownst to most in the area, Mandarin chicken/duck is a savory stir-fry dish consisting of duck or chicken and bok-choy(new word, huh?) tossed in a savory brown sauce with peanuts, almonds, and cashews. Anywhere else, you will be presented with deep-fried chicken coated with a sauce made with corn syrup and canned Mandarin oranges, hence "Mandarin". What seals Canton City's authenticity is their heavy use of a wide variety of cooking oils which is the signature mark of true Cantonese cooking. The service is prompt, thourough, and friendly and the atmoshphere is calm, relaxing, and ambient leaving your focus on the cuisine. All of this is provided at about the same cost as the rest with call-in orders made fresh for delivery or take-out. Canton City leaves little room for improvement, as nothing else in town compares.
Best Pork Lo Mein – This restaurant is probably my favorite chinese place in town. Unlike the cheap chinese buffets that have popped up all over town with their tasteless generic food; this place has food with real flavor! The pork lo mein is out of this world and I give Canton extra points for using REAL lo mein noodles and not just spaghetti like other places. Their hot and sour soup is wonderful and Hunan Beef, Chicken and Pork are just excellent. The owner and his wife are usually at the front counter and they are always so polite and friendly. The atmosphere is so soothing with dim lights, soft oriental music playing in the background and koi ponds complete with waterfall stocked with fish.
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