Blue Giant – 1300 Magazine Street

What was once a shuttered and run-down corner of Magazine Street is now a buzz with people anxiously waiting to sink their teeth into some amazing Chinese food. The opening of Blue Giant, one of the most anticipated restaurant openings of the New Year, has added to the string of new restaurants, bars and shops opening in a historically sleepy part of the Lower Garden District. The chef at the helm of Blue Giant was once part of the always-popular Cochon team in the Warehouse District, so it’s no surprise people were waiting on pins and needles for his Chinese concept to open.

We were so excited to try this new spot, we arrived at 5:45 pm for dinner service (there is usually a little wait later in the evening). We were with friends, so we basically ordered most of the menu offerings and boy were we in for a treat! We started with the Egg Rolls, Shrimp Dumplings and Chili Oil Cucumbers. Every item packed a punch of flavor and spice. I always order Hot and Sour Soup when eating Chinese food and this time was no exception, except this was the best Hot and Sour Soup I’ve ever had! So flavorful, so spicy, so delicious!

Next came the mains, which we shared as a group – Dan Dan Noodles (spicy beef mixed with thin noodles), Beef Chow Fun, Dry Chili Chicken and Char Siu Pork. The Dan Dan Noodles won the best dish of the night, unanimously, so much so that we ordered a second helping. The Dry Chili Chicken was also a hit – fried chunks of chicken mixed with onions and chili peppers. Super spicy, but soooo worth it. After the meal, we could not stop talking about how it was the best Chinese food any of us had ever eaten!

The best part about Blue Giant… it is located one block from The Green House Inn! They are open for lunch and dinner every day, except Tuesdays. So on your next stay at The Green House Inn, do yourself a f(l)avor and walk over to Blue Giant for an incredible meal!