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​My passion for food stems from growing up watching my granny cook, coupled with my enthusiasm for creating a deliciously cooked meal. Additionally, my family history in the restaurant business extends back to the 1960s when my uncle opened a BBQ venue in Chicago, Illinois. Throughout the 1970s/80s, my granny cooked and managed locally owned restaurants in this area. Later, during the 1990s, my dad opened a quick-order eatery on the corner of South Fair & Highland Avenue. The combination of these events naturally influenced my desire to open my current establishment.


What was the first food you learned how to cook?

​First food I learned how to cook was the typical hotdog and bologna in the microwave, eventually graduating to fried eggs on the stove.

Why the name Fried Rice & Thangs?

I like fried rice and ultimately created my own savory, less greasy version than what is traditionally prepared. In addition, we offer a multitude of other food items that are sure to tantalize your appetite.



I would like to thank everyone who contributed their time and resources to the successful opening of Fried Rice & Thangs, and offer infinite gratitude to our customers who continue to support this establishment. Words cannot express how much you all are appreciated.

Thank you.

       Ernest Lee

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