Fargo Foodie | Lucy’s North China Cuisine

MATAYA ARMSTRONG | THE SPECTRUM Lucy Penney, one of the owners of Lucy’s North China Cuisine, works at her register on a Tuesday morning.
MATAYA ARMSTRONG | THE SPECTRUM
Lucy Penney, one of the owners of Lucy’s North China Cuisine, works at her register on a Tuesday morning.

There is only one Chinese restaurant in Fargo with exceptional lo mein, and there is only one woman to thank: Lucy, the owner of Lucy’s North China Cuisine on 32nd Av­enue South.

The environment is a perfect balance of sit-down restaurant and fast-food joint. It has the speed and feel of fast food, but the fresh, made-to-order food that restaurants have to offer. Lucy’s is always speedy, and the food is always steamy.

Lucy’s is not much for the eyes, but it has exceptional food and service. Don’t let the fluorescent lights and traces left of the last business that stood there bring you down. Lucy’s is here to stay.

Order the vegetable lo mein combo, cream cheese wontons optional. There is simply no better option on the menu, and you may find yourself wanting to order it again, every day for the rest of your life. Most lo mein is bland, slimy or stringy, but Lucy’s lo mein should be in the food ency­clopedia, because it is simply the correct version.

They have a great full menu with beef, pork, shrimp, chicken, fish and duck items as well. There are many delicious options that will likely please a meat lover. If you or­der a full dish, you’ll get a heaping amount with a side of rice. So if you’re taking that route, bring a group to share a couple dishes.

They do carry out and eat in, and re­cently, they have started delivering as well. I would recommend ordering during off hours when there aren’t as many people clogging up the phone line, as they only have one. Sometimes there is some congestion due to their lack of front counter staff.

Best of all, everything is reasonably priced, especially the combo meals. They give you a heaping pile of food that will definitely provide leftovers for a price under $10.

All of Lucy’s flaws are forgivable, be­cause the things that matter most, food qual­ity and table service, are provided.

Eating Lucy’s lo mein is like smoking cigarettes. You’ll claim you’re not addicted until it’s too late.

Rating: 4 Stars

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