Sam's Cafe is a family friendly restaurant with Sichuan style food prepared as home-style cooking. Let's just say that the food is BANG. Everything from this place was legit. I think the mapo tofu, although a very typical dish was actually my favorite out of the 5 dishes we ordered (mapo tofu, orange chicken, green beans, double cooked pork, honey shrimp). The double cooked pork and the green beans were excellent. I could tell that this place will continue to do well. I suggest the owner hiring more waitress or waiters though. It's almost full during lunch time and one waitress is obviously not able to serve all the guests. But that's acceptable. Go check this place out. It's worth it. You will, however, leave the place smelling like you cooked it all yourself, a big indicator of good food in my opinion.Since the first time, I have ordered delivery and dined in store many times and it has become my favorite chinese restaurant in the loop.
Whatever you do, keep driving! I stopped by on a Sunday, 1:30pm and ate in the restaurant. Restaurant was clean and nice looking. Ordered a fajita chicken taco plate and service was quick. Now the bad news, the fajita chicken was more pale than Lady Gaga and had no taste whatsoever. Tortillas were like rubber, hard to tear and chew. Shredded lettuce was that color when it is turning from green to brown. Looked like it had been run over by cars on FM 2920. Diced tomatoes were old. Best thing on the plate were the 5 chips, re-fried beans, and sour cream. At over $9.00 I feel violated by this horrible excuse for food. Taco Bell is gourmet compared to this place. Yuck!
I doubt they staple the bag to keep you from checking your order. That being said, the food was okay, they put a lot of meat but as another review stated a lot of fat, no smoke ring and needed bbq sauce to help it along. It didn't suck, but not that great either. I would go back in a pinch just because its close and like I said it wasn't horrible, I've had worse and way more expensive, (Rudy's). Was a little pricey though 10 something for just a brisket sandwich and fries, everything is a la carte. Desperate need for parking. Overall meh.... I'd give it a second try.