It may be a quiet mid-week afternoon, but don't let the quiet deceive you - China Inn is a buzzing, busy and noisy place when the take-out orders begin to flood in and the booths here fill up around dinner time. From its modest exterior, you might underestimate this popular restaurant - but after your first bite of its authentic Chinese food, you will know why its phones are always ringing, and its kitchen is always busy.
China Inn is a family owned and operated restaurant that is tucked up against the CVS drugstore in the Greenwood section of Warwick. Owners Sam Chen and his wife Amy Weng, who came to Rhode Island from China ten years ago, are passionate about the food they prepare here every day and are the reason this unexpected find has such a cadre of devoted fans. Their food can best be described in five words: healthy, affordable, fresh, MSG-free, and delicious.
The menu at China Inn offers up a long list of healthy, affordable, fresh, MSG-free and delicious selections, including many gluten-free options. Amy Weng is quick to point out that, with the exception of some fried appetizers, the food here is all steamed. A chicken broth concentrate is used in place of MSG to infuse their food with flavor and intensity. All their chicken dishes are made with 100% white chicken meat. Because they do so much such volume here, their ingredients are always fresh and prepared on site - nothing ever comes here frozen or processed.
To begin your meal, chose from one of their many tantalizing appetizers. Lightly fried, hand rolled and using freshly prepared ingredients are their crunchy egg rolls, their crab-filled Crab Rangoon, their finger-licking good BBQ spare ribs and their syrupy chicken wings, to name a few favorites. Some of the many menu items include a large variety of soups, chow mein, chop suey, fried rice, egg foo young and lo mein dishes. The combination platters and meat and vegetable options are endless - including beef, poultry, seafood, pad thai (gluten-free) and vegetable main dishes.
China Inn now introduces its "Hibachi" items to the menu - stir-fried vegetables in a delicate teriyaki sauce with tender chicken, beef, shrimp or scallops. Indulge in China Inn's award winning signature dish, the Chow Mei Fun - a heaping platter of perfectly seasoned thin noodles with loads of meat or vegetables. Just another reason to visit China Inn today!
China Inn will also cater any function for you, big or small. Their party platters are ready to serve and ALWAYS the hit of the party. All you need is 24 hours notice, and China Inn is there.
China Inn is located on 2788 Post Road (in the Greenwood section). Call 738-8885 for take-out or delivery, or order online at www.chinainnwarwick.com. Hours are Mon. - Thurs., 11:00am-10:00pm, Fri. & Sat., 11:00am - 10:30 and Sunday, noon to 10 p.m.