Christina Wan is a third generation restaurateur.
Wan owns Christina Wans Mandarin House at 664 North Federal Highway in Fort Lauderdale, tucked away in a shopping plaza in the Victoria Park neighborhood.
“A lot of our clientele are gay,” Wan said. “We have a good connection with the gay community.”
Business is brisk during the lunch hour, Wan said. In a 2013 review by South Florida Gay News, Wan herself was described as a welcoming host.
“With a warm welcome from Christina herself when you walk in the door, it feels like you’re home,” the reviewer wrote. “She’ll seat you next to one of the large windows or in a deep booth. There’s also ample seating at the fully stocked bar, featuring imported beers, wines by the glass, and a variety of cocktails.”
In 1966, the Wan family emigrated to South Florida and opened a restaurant on Calle Ocho in southwestern Miami. Christina opened her first restaurant in Hollywood in 1996 before moving it to Fort Lauderdale. The restaurant advertises a four-star dining experience.
“We care about our business and our food,” Wan said. “We make everything from scratch and most of [our] customers return again and again. We are [a] destination spot. What we do here is New York Chinese and we have people that come from Aventura, Boca Raton, Plantation and Weston at least once a week to eat here.”
Popular menu items, Wan said, include Peking duck, roast pork bar-b-que, butterfly shrimp and her grandfather’s dumplings recipe. Sunset dinners (choice of meat, soup, rice and rolls) are available daily from 3 to 6 p.m. for around $14. Christina Wans takes reservations and accepts credit cards. Parking is free.
For more information call 954-527-0228 or visit www.christinawans.com.