Northern California November 03, 2018
Northern California’s Very First Chinese Restaurant Is Still Going Strong And It’s Delicious
You know a restaurant is doing something right when they’ve been open for business for over a century. Believe it or not, Northern California’s very first Chinese restaurant is still going strong. It’s places like this one that go to show that some places only get better with time! The next time you find yourself craving some classic Chinese dishes, make your way to this historic restaurant. There are two locations to choose from and they boast some of the best Chinese cuisine that our state has to offer. Keep reading to learn all about this fantastic restaurant and its history.
Located in the historic town of Oroville is Northern California's first Chinese restaurant: Tong Fong Low. This family owned and operated restaurant has been going strong ever since it opened its doors in 1912 and they show no signs of slowing down.
It's evident that Tong Fong Low is well-loved in the community. They are consistently voted Best Asian Restaurant, Best Take Out Restaurant, and Best Local Restaurant at both of their locations (the other is in Chico).
It's easy to see why this place has lasted over a century once you get a taste of their food. Tong Fong Low is adamant about using only the freshest and best ingredients to prepare each and every plate.
On the menu you'll find a variety of classic Chinese dishes. They're sure to have your favorite! The menu follows the format of many Chinese restaurants and offers a variety of "special plates" that are comprised of entree and side dishes.
The community love for Tong Fong Low is strong. The restaurant is a staple for many whenever they are craving some quick and cheap take-out or a delightful night out with the family. The restaurant even held a massive 100-year-anniversary celebration in which the entire community came out and celebrated.
Not only is the restaurant Northern California's first Chinese eatery, but it's one of the oldest restaurants in our region in general. It's mind-boggling to think that generations of Californians have been enjoying the family-style food at this beloved restaurant. And in 2009, Tong Fong Low's second location opened to the public in Chico.
The next time you're craving Chinese food, treat yourself to some of California's best. Tong Fong Low has been in the game a long time and it shows. You'll find the historic Oroville location at 2051 Robinson St, Oroville, California. Be sure to see them soon!
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