Guilin's unassuming Speedway Boulevard location hardly reveals the delights inside--fresh, delicious ingredients and friendly staff (it's family-owned, and everyone helps out) combine to make this the most affordable, healthful and pleasant Chinese dining experience anywhere in town. On a recent trip during a busy weekday lunch rush, we tried the Hunan beef and sweet-and-sour chicken lunch specials, with fried rice and egg-drop soup. Everything was in perfect balance--the vegetables crisp, the meat tender, the sauces light--and was served in a flash. But the best part--the total before tip was less than $11.
2. P.F. Chang's China Bistro, 1805 E. River Road, No. 100, 615-8788, www.pfchangs.com
3. Golden Dragon Chinese Restaurant, Various locations, www.goldendragonrest.com