Bucktown/Wicker Park lacks a good and cheap Chinese joint. No more. Help is on the way in the name of Eat First #2. I've been there 4 times already and it hasn't failed to please. Lunch specials are $4.25--try the Yu Shan Scallops (6 or 7 nicely-sized scallops). On a whim I ordered Spinach Soup with Chicken ($1.60) and was served a subtle broth with chunks of breast meat and loads of spinach. A pleasure.
Granted, I haven't truly explored the menu. But this place reminds of the many take-out Chinese restaurants in New York City. Its kitchen appears to be fast and flawless.
Warning: Eat First has no atmosphere--just fast-food style booths and flourescent lighting.
Eat First #2
1289 N. Milwaukee