Chin’s Szechwan has returned to Carlsbad after a seven-year hiatus. The Chinese restaurant was a fixture in Carlsbad Village since the mid-80s, but shuttered in 2013 and was replaced by Blue Ocean Sushi Bar. Chin’s now has a mini-empire in North County, with locations in Encinitas, Oceanside, Vista, and Rancho Bernardo.
The just-opened restaurant takes up the torch from Overseas Restaurant, an old school Chinese spot whose owners retired this past summer after 32 years in business. Chin’s has completely remodeled the dining room, giving it sleek, traditional makeover, although because of the new stay-at-home-order the eatery will begin by offering takeout and delivery from 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. daily.
Its menu features retro Americanized items like egg foo young and pu pu platters but also a large selection of Szechwan specialties including mala chicken, mapo doufu, and spicy garlic eggplant and as well as dishes from the neighboring Hunan province and lesser seen plates like pao hu, sliced pork braised with crushed peanuts in a spicy sauce. Chin’s Szechwan’s management team told Eater that they’re always open to expanding, but for now, are taking it one location at a time.