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Louie's Cuisine of China (Ballard)

5100 15th Avenue NW
Seattle, Washington 98107
(206) 782-8855
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Categories: Restaurant

Restaurant Details

  • Pretty standard Chinese food dished out in a legendary Ballard location—it's been around a long time, regulars love it, and stepping inside is sort of like going back in time to the '70s (although the Louie family's been in the Seattle-area restaurant business since the '30s).
  • Features: Cheap Eats, Family Friendly (nice to babies), Good for Groups and To Go
  • Cuisine: Chinese
  • Serving Hours: Mon-Thurs 11:30 am-midnight, Fri 11:30 am-1 am, Sat 4 pm-1 am, Sun 3-10 pm.
  • Price Range: $
 
 

Average Rating:
  • 4.00000/5 Stars.
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5

amazed by good reviews

really? i ordered from here once and thought it was kinda lousy. im from new york where the chinese food is greasy americanized junk, and this was worse.
Posted by cb on September 28, 2011 at 12:05 AM · Report this
4

Been coming here 40 year

...when George Louie knew my folks as regulars, and it's just as good now as it was then. This is the "standard" Chinese you are used to, but a notch better--the sweet and sour sauce, especially, is not the neon-orange stuff most Chinese-American places serve but a darker golden brown and with a richer taste. The egg rolls are great--quite a bit larger and admittedly with more breading on them than just the little "wrapper"-skin type, but what a guilty pleasure! We've been going with large family parties for years and the service has always been good and fairly fast. Chinese comfort food at its finest!
Posted by mamacita on April 6, 2011 at 12:41 PM · Report this
3

No cookie

First the good: Delicious food. No question. General Tso's chicken is a delightful mix of hot and sweet. The beef dish we tried was unimaginably tender. Prawns, fried rice, and potstickers were great too. Egg roll was a bit different than I'm used to, but good. The bad: No Fortune Cookies. Service for water and tea refills was horribly slow. At $36 for two people, I wouldn't label this "cheap eats".
Posted by chainmailgirl on November 12, 2007 at 5:43 PM · Report this
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The only Chinese worth eating in Ballard

...including my ex. Chinese takeout has become one of those things that I refuse to skimp on (see aforementioned ex). Question the ability of the cook, even in your mind, and there will be small chunks of metal in your sweet and sour chicken (see Wallingford’s Moon Temple, a place where small things have scurried across the floor when I picked up a bag of takeout). The talent of an angry Chinese food cook to mess up your order is legendary. But ordering at Louie’s couldn’t be simpler. Simple, fast, easy; for under $20, cashew chicken, mandarin beef, and a double order of steamed rice, with the ubiquitous hombao and egg rolls, a quad of fortune cookies stuffed in the bag, and the heady scent of warm, delicious Chinese turned out to be better than the promise within. It ain’t Wild Ginger; it ain’t Hong Kong cuisine, but if you’re seeking old school takeout to curl up on the couch with your newly minted significant other, go with a takeout order from Louie’s.
Posted by zymyrgy on October 5, 2007 at 11:16 AM · Report this
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Time Warp

Look, kids, I was around in the 70s. This isn't LIKE the 70s, it IS the 70s. Even the way you walk will change in here. I absofreakinlutely love this place. I don't care if the food is super-old-fashioned Chinese-American style of a type that's almost disappeared from US big cities. Place is full of really old people, too, which is always a plus. Wonderful decor. Make sure you spend some time in the bar. This is what livin' used to be like.
Posted by Fnarf on May 16, 2007 at 3:49 PM · Report this

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