|Kow Kow Egg Rolls.|
Back in the 1950s and '60s, Cantonese restaurants were few and far between. Customers came in from the city and other suburbs. "I still remember Eli Schulman coming in from his steakhouse and dining with Grandpa Nathan," recalls Don's daughter Wendy. Sadly, Nathan passed away in 1974, having worked 363 days of the year, every year since Kow Kow opened (closing only on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day).
With the changing neighborhood, they moved to a much larger location at Cicero & Pratt Avenues. On October 18, 1989, Don and wife Helen moved Kow Kow Restaurant to Lincolnwood at 6755 North Cicero Avenue at Pratt Avenue, bringing all of their original recipes with them.
After nearly 66 years of serving the finest Cantonese cuisine, Kow Kow closed its doors on Sunday, May 31, 2015. Business was very good, but Don wanted time with his family and retired. When a restaurant is held in such high esteem, many owners close instead of selling, so as not to have their legacy ruined by someone else.
Three days before the pre-announced closing of Kow Kow, the kitchen staff was unable to keep up with the demand for egg rolls, and a sign was posted on the front door that said: "No egg rolls." Hundreds of customers responded to Kow Kow's offer to place take-home orders for frozen egg rolls. By 9 pm on Sunday, closing day, they fulfilled orders which totaled 24,500 frozen egg rolls.
To this day, Kow Kow had the freshest, made-per-order, egg rolls, and my personal favorite, Kow Kow's lemon chicken!
The Best Egg Rolls... Ever!
Chicago's Best Chinese Restaurant: Kow Kow
Compiled by Dr. Neil Gale, Ph.D.