You haven’t had Cathay?? You must! It
doesn't’t look like much, but a wonderful
neighborhood joint. Not your average Chinese
carryout! Try the Pork fried rice, egg foo
young, and the basic chicken chop suey. I
grew up near there, and it was the only bought-
out food my folks would bring home. Living
away now, I miss chow mein nights dearly.


Cathay Chow Mein on the corner of Nicollet
and Diamond Lake Road in Minneapolis was
where my parents fed four boys almost every
Friday night during the 60’s and 70’s. I drove
by it for the first time in decades just last
month and was pleasantly surprised it still
exists. I remember it as delicious, particularly
when drenched in La Choy soy sauce.

Chris T
User Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I've been taking out food from Cathay for years (It's take out only).  I've
heard that it's been around for 50 or 60 years...and there's a good
reason for that...it's much better than you'd expect from its down-scale

This is a classic throw-back Cantonese joint with excellent Chow Mein,
Chicken Almond Ding, Egg Foo Yung (order it "well done")...all the
good stuff.  Their Shrimp with Lobster Sauce is not to be missed!!!
Look here...they have the best "classic" fried egg rolls in town.  They're
the old style, seriously deep fried, so you have to be able to take a bit
of oil, but they're tremendous.  Also, their cream cheese won tons are
savory.  They're light, crispy and not over-laden with cream cheese.  
And if you spend over $18 (or $16...I can't remember), they give you a
free order of them.

Some of the dishes are a bit oily...you just have to hunt and peck for
the good ones.  But Cathay is worth the trip.

Edward P, Minneapolis
User Rating: out of 5 stars

Ordered takeout from Cathay for the first time
simply based on web reviews and was very
pleased.    Chinese takeout restaurants can
be a little scary to ordering area may conjure
up...  this local joint is no exception.  I would
have never tried it were it not for the web.   
Anyway, the food was hot, fresh, and
delicious, although next time I will ask them to
kick up the heat.  Portions are huge.   Prices
BEST!  Also, this place has been in business,
same name same location, for 65 years.    
They are doing something right.

Annono M
from: Yelp.com
User Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

nothing classy about this take-out but the food is great and the sizes are humungous.

by kjff
User Rating: 5 out of 5 stars             
I've been going here my whole life and
absolutely LOVE it!!

by Andrea B

Excellent quality food! You won't be

from planet99.com

Stopped there for the first time last night...I got
the shrimp in lobster sauce and the beef kew
(spicey)...along with an order of chicken fried
rice.  It was excellent...I've been looking for
shrimp in lobster sauce cooked that way for
years and you can bet I'll be back - very, very
good!   Kathy

Do you ever take orders to ship overnight to
out of state people who miss and are craving
your chow mein.  We are in Texas on the Gulf
Coast. Thanks for your help.Wayne N.
I discovered Cathay Chow Mein in 1982 and
have been a loyal customer ever since. Best
Chow Mein in Minnesota!
Scott R.
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Hello! I grew up on Cathay Chow Mein and it was a BIG deal. We didn't
go out to eat much or ever get fast food or take out, so bringing home
Cathay after church was a major highlight. My whole family loved it, and
we still get it occasionally. I don't know if it's not as good as back then
(30+ years ago) or if my tastes have just matured, but I do admit now
that it's not sublime. (I still love the egg foo yung though), it was my job
to distribute the cashews on each plate (I ate all the broken pieces -
probably not fair - and probably just one of the reasons why my dad
really did call me chow hound!). Chow mein just IS comfort food, and if
that's what you're looking for, Cathay will probably fill the bill.

from: www.chowhound.chow.com