Mar 27, 2024 - Food and Drink

Good Chinese takeout in Detroit on Jefferson

Sam's sesame chicken and crab rangoon from Pekin Pavilion.

Sam's sesame chicken and crab Rangoon. Photos: Samuel Robinson/Axios

🤠 Howdy, fellow lazies. Sam here.

  • If you're like me and never feel like making food, finding a consistent Chinese takeout spot is essential.

Dig in: Pekin Pavillion on Jefferson serves large portions of American-style Chinese food for a bargain, at least in 2024 money.

  • I ordered sesame chicken, fried rice and an egg roll ($10.95) and six crab Rangoon ($8.25).

What to expect: The food usually takes a while. I probably waited 15 minutes in the dingy waiting room on the other side of the kitchen. But the food made up for it.

  • The sesame sauce was sweet and tangy and the rice was soft and pleasant.
  • But the real star was the crab Rangoon. Hot, fresh and filled with creamy imitation crab and cheese — they're my favorite anywhere outside of Chicago's Chinatown.
An outside view of Pekin Pavilion in Detroit.
Pekin Pavillion

State of play: Pekin Pavillion is across from Nicky D's on Jefferson near Belle Isle.

If you go: Open daily from 11:30am to 10pm at 6905. E Jefferson Ave.

  • Not to be confused with Peking Express, which is two minutes up the road.
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