Save up to 90% on a Hartford Courant subscription. Click here to sign up now!

Michelin Guide Chicago

Lao Hunan builds on Chinatown empire

Lao Hunan builds on Chinatown empire

Lao Hunan, 2230 S. Wentworth Ave.

Who eats: Mostly Chinese and Chinese-Americans, with a few business types mixed in.

Why eat: As part of the growing Lao empire headed by chef Tony Hu, Lao Hunan serves Chinese food that's based on Hunan-area cooking. It is one of four sister restaurants to Lao Sze Chuan, which was recently named a Bib Gourmand by Michelin Guide Chicago, meaning it was one of the inspectors' favorites for value.

Ambience: The Chinatown restaurant is small and by no means fancy, with basic wooden tables, simple padded chairs and a tiled floor. What it lacks in comfort, it more than makes up for in...