Sichuan Garden at the Baldwin, Woburn
Standout Qualities: Perfectly prepared and fresh take on the complex spices and flavors of Sichuan cuisine, served in a Colonial Revival mansion.
What’s Unique: Star bartender Ran Duan is in charge of the cocktails, so the mai tai list alone is worth the trip.
Insider tip: While the “American comfort” dishes, like General Tso Chicken, are terrific, the “authentic” side of the menu shines with dishes like the Chengdu Chicken Wings and Braised Pork Belly with Chestnuts.
2 Alfred St., Woburn, 781-935-8488, sichuangardenrestaurant.com
Su Chang’s, Peabody
Philosophy: Stay true to their Cantonese roots, with a focus on seafood and delicate sauces.
373 Lowell St., Peabody, 978-531-3366, suchangspeabody.com