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Chin's Chop Suey

Livonia, MI
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28205 Plymouth Rd
Livonia, MI
Opened in 1955
Mon-Thu 11am-9:30pm
Fri-Sat 11am-10:30pm
Sun 12:30pm-9:30pm
(734) 525-CHIN

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Chin's Chop Suey

7.1

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by 34 people

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10

Detail
Everyone You
Decor 8.6
Drink Quality 5.6
Drink Selection 6.3
Food Quality 6.9
Food Selection 7.2
Mood 7.6
Music 4.9
Service 7.3
Tikiness 8.4
Tilt 7.8
Vibe 7.1

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Humuhumu’s description

More of a Chinese restaurant than a Polynesian one, Chin's Chop Suey was opened in 1955 by Marvin Chin, who opened the very Polynesian Chin Tiki
history
Chin Tiki
Detroit, MI
Bar, Restaurant & Floor Show
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in Detroit 12 years later -- Chin Tiki closed in 1980.
Marvin's son Marlin nows owns and operates Chin's in Livonia, and some of the tiki decor from Chin Tiki has been relocated here.

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Riddick
Riddick has visited Chin's Chop Suey.
April 15, 2018, 4:26 AM
I never pass up the opportunity to visit a place even remotely tiki. We may be in the second golden age, but we still are losing to many classic establishments.

I kind of hope Chinís had better days, as that means there still may be hope for this place. While the interior is a bit sad (worn and dirty carpet, and dingy white accoustic ceiling tiles), I couldnít help but consider the possibilities as I choked down some horrendous Chinese-ish food. It was suitably lit and the decor was somewhat layered, with carvings and art in nooks and crannies, waiting to be discovered.

It appears as though they may have parted with some tikis though, as other pictures on here detail a corner in the dining area that now only has one of three large tikis, the other two replace by another booth.

The drink list was short, simple, and sad. I had to try the mai tai, as that is what I do in all of these places. It was, as I knew it would be, sickly sweet and burned. The splash of almond syrup was the only way I could choke it down. I will never understand why places wonít even try to make this one drink correctly. It wouldnít cost any more, but may be the difference between a person buying a cocktail and spending some time or just breezing through once.

The music, well sound, was a radio station. This being a Chinese restaurant may have given the manager pause as to what sort of music to play, but to not even try?

I donít know Detroit at all, so I canít comment whether or not a real tiki bar would have a big enough draw, but I would think if their lousy Chinese food (I am sorry to say it really was horrendous), can keep the doors open, then serving some classic tiki drinks and perhaps selling t-shirts and custom mugs would keep it going for a long time to come.
November 5, 2017, 6:39 PM
I finally made it up to Chin's and i have to admit that I was disappointed. The decor is spot on, but everything else was pretty lacking; the food wasnt great, the cocktails were lousy, and the service was less than stellar. I ordered a Mai Tai and it was a watered down glass of juice with a hint of some kind of weak liquor in it. I asked if they stopped serving cocktails in tiki glasses and was told by the server that it would cost fifteen dollars to get a tiki mug.
Basically, Chin's is a typical run down Chinese restaurant with tiki decor. I agree with the other reviews; the potential is there for a killer tiki lounge, but that would take a change of ownership.
popersteve
popersteve has visited Chin's Chop Suey.
October 23, 2017, 7:19 PM
Hours as of last weekend: Mon closed; Tue-Thu 11am-9:30pm; Fri 11am-10pm; Sat 12noon-10pm; Sun 12:30pm-9:30pm
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