From dumplings to sweet and sour chicken, nothing beats really good Chinese food. So where can you get the freshest and most authentic meal? Pittsburgh has quite a few places to choose from.


House of Chen

101 Brandt Dr.
Cranberry Twp., PA 16066
(724) 776-6760

House of Chen in Cranberry has been open since 1995. Visitors are greeted by the koi pond and, once inside, a wall of salt-water aquariums. It is not only the decor that will draw you in though. Their food gets rave reviews. “You get a ton of food for the price and it’s all fantastic. Best of all is that it turns into a nightclub after hours,” said one KDKA staffer. Their late night happy hour is dubbed “Club Chen” and they also have a patio and outside bar.

Sesame Inn

Four Locations:
Mount Lebanon–715 Washington Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15228 (412-341-2555
Downtown–Station Square, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 (412) 281-8282
North Hills–711 Browns Lane, Pittsburgh, PA 15237 (412) 366-1838
McMurray–2975 Washington Road, McMurray, PA 15317 (724) 942-2888

Sesame Inn has been serving Pittsburghers in four locations since 1987. They offer more than 100 entrees on their menu and pride themselves on serving authentic Chinese cuisine, gourmet style. Appetizers range from $2-$9, or try a sampler for $14 that includes egg rolls, barbecued spareribs, coconut shrimp, crab rangoons and teriyaki chicken. There are also plenty of cocktails if you are looking to let loose. Try their Flaming Volcano, which serves two and features an eruption of the finest rums fired with sacred nectars served aflame. Their portions are huge, so it is a good thing they were listed in Pittsburgh Magazine’s 2008 Best Takeout List.

Osaka Sushi & Chinese Restaurant

Scott Towne Center
2101 Greentree Rd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15220

Osaka Sushi & Chinese Restaurant located in the Scott Towne Center on Greentree Road offers fresh food at a price you are looking for. You can dine-in or get take-out from their attentive staff. You really can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. “Everything they serve is outstanding,” said one KDKA staffer. One review said the Peppercorn Ahi Tuna is a must try.


1025 Waterdam Plaza Drive
McMurray, PA 15317
(724) 942-1160

From their unassuming storefront inside the Waterdam Plaza off Route 19 in McMurray, you would never know that inside Benichopsticks is a clean and bright restaurant with some of the best sushi around. They serve both Chinese and Japanese dishes, but where they really shine is the sushi bar. One diner said her meal came over a small ice box allowing the fish to stay the correct temperature throughout the meal. A KDKA staffer described it as “unassuming and laid-back.” They went on to say that “the portions are huge and the menu is endless.” One recommended dish is the Lemon Scallops.

Wai Wai

417 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
(412) 621-0133

Wai Wai, in Bloomfield, is relatively new to Pittsburgh, but its owner has been working in the restaurant business since she was a child in Hong Kong. Wai Wai (pronounced way-way) means tasty, which makes it a great name to describe the dishes offered at this restaurant. Inside, the shop has granite-top tables, authentic Asian art, and a modern design. Instead of offering an endless list of entrees, Wai Wai focuses on 75 of the most popular Chinese menu items and makes them from scratch. They offer catering, and a unique take-out option. Order their lunch box for $5.95 or their dinner box for $7.95. Each box combines two dishes with fried rice and an egg roll.