Xian Famous Foods restaurant

Breakout Brands 2016: Xi'an Famous Foods

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Technically, Xi’an Famous Foods is a Chinese restaurant, but don’t expect kung pao chicken or sweet-and-sour pork at this idiosyncratic chain. The owners of this nine-unit concept, father-and-son team David Shi and Jason Wang, specialize in the cuisine of the ancient Chinese capital of Xi’an in north-central China.

The terminus of the ancient Silk Road, Xi’an was a cosmopolitan city 2,000 years ago, and a unique and complex cuisine was developed there. Th

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