Red’s Chinese is a Bywater Gem! It does not look like much from the outside. An old storefront in the basement of a building on Saint Claude Avenue and you could easily miss it but their Red Square sign that glows. You can spot it as you get close to the pseudo Chinese restaurant that serves a blend of Asian/Korean/Southern Cuisine.
I enjoy that they serve until until11:00pm and I’m thrilled that they deliver until 10pm. Red’s Chinese has a good working group of chefs and waiters that offer up something original in our community. I like sitting at the bar, which is in the middle of the cozy restaurant. You get a birds eye view of what’s happening. They also have good, friendly bartenders who make good drinks.
The food is really great and consistent. It’s not a lengthy menu, but I’ve been surprisingly satisfied with most of my choices. My favorite dish is their General’s Chicken. It’s a unique version of the popular dish. They do a yummy version with their own wonderful sweet glaze. I’ve recently been enjoying their Chicken Noodle Soup that is served with Duck Confit. The weather has been wintry and this steaming bowl of goodness is perfect to fight of any oncoming flu, cold and winter blues. The broth is deliciously flavorful and I love Bok Choy, which they garnish the healthy helping of soup with.
Another good choice is their eggplant dish that is a sauté with eastern spices and sunflower seeds over rice. It has a very distinct flavor that I’m still trying to figure out.
Red’s Chinese is not really a Chinese Restaurant, but whatever they are they’ve managed to stay open for several years. They have a devoted following and offer dishes for all the finicky, allergic and dietary diners. They also have outdoor seating that’s nice when weather is good.
I know from friends, that many people have heard good things about Red’s Chinese but have not tried it. I will tell you it is a good place to explore. Head on down to the Bywater and check out this innovative favorite.
Red’s Chinese 3048 Saint Claude Avenue NOLA 70117 Phone: (504) 304-603
Website: rechinese.com Hours: Open Daily 12:00pm-11:00pm daily
Dine in, Takeout, Delivery (12:00pm-10:00pm Credit Cards Only!)