Lucky Food Chinese Restaurant in Waukegan Marks 5th Year

Lucky Food is located at 1409 Washington Street in Waukegan. – Tina Johansson photos

by Tina Johansson

Good luck has apparently continued to follow the owners of a Chinese eatery in Waukegan.

Lucky Food is five years old, and Chen Song couldn’t be happier. “I hope we will continue to do well here,” said Chen, pointing out that the site is the former Golden Dragon, reputed as Waukegan’s first Chinese restaurant.

Indeed, it is a fact that any business which can get past the first year in operation, will likely prosper.

With his wife Liu Meina as business partner, and several employees doing their tasks, Chen is able to stay open seven days a week including making deliveries, and catering parties and events.

But the real joy of the place is the food that Lucky serves up. It is fresh, delicious, and contains no MSG. “We also only use pure vegetable oil when we cook,” said the owner.

Orange chicken, a signature dish from Lucky Food Chinese Restaurant.

Wonton and egg rolls are each made by hand at the place, and the menu boasts an ambitious 200 selections. Quite something for a small eatery with four tables.

Among the most oft ordered dishes are General Tso’s chicken, orange chicken, and Szechuan shrimp.

There are lunch specials for an affordable $5.50 served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The price includes fried rice and pork egg roll. For $1 extra you can have wonton or egg drop soup.

Lucky Food offers various vegetarian dishes, fried rice, chow mein, lo mein, and chef’s specials with white rice.

Originally from Fuzhou in southern China, the couple first moved to New York when coming to United States several years ago. It was there that Chen earned his culinary chops by working in Chinese restaurants.

Lucky Food is at 1409 Washington Street. Call 847.336.8888 or 847.336.9788, or fax 847.336.9758.

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