ling, in Chinese, means an eternity obtained through a spiritual transcendence; an elevation to the next level. For 26 years, a restaurant called West Side Cottage once stood where ling is now, perpetually serving good authentic Chinese food. However, due to competition with a multitude of Chinese takeout locations, it was very difficult to sustain even though business was consistent. Numerous other Chinese restaurants eventually closed their doors and were replaced by Thai, Vietnamese, and other trendy Asian restaurants. This kind of competition is the reason why ling was created; a whole new restaurant, new look, and new dishes (as well as returning traditional dishes, but with a more modern execution). The name ling is exactly what the food here aspires to. At its heart, ling's food is still traditionally Chinese, but the body has been lifted to a higher plane; a place where you will find modern looks, bold flavors, and eclectic accompaniments that strive to be a wholly memorable dining affair.