Tuesday, April 26, 2011

A&J Restaurant

Rating: Just Like Mother's!!!
Genre: Northern Chinese, Dim Sum
Neighborhood: Annandale/Rockville

As any serious Chinese food eater living in Northern Virginia will tell you, you HAVE to go to Maryland, particularly Rocville (think Annandale for Korean food), if you want to get good Chinese food. Now there are a couple a moderately good Chinese resturants in NoVa, but really all the good stuff is in Maryland. One of my favorite Chinese restaurants is of course located in Rockville, but luckily for me, there's a location in Annandale- right there in the middle of Korea town. Now the Rockville location is better by a smitch, but extra traveling isn't worth it unless I happen to be in the Maryland area.

I'm a total food slut for Chinese food, and next to the more popular cart-pushing Cantonese dim sum, Northern Dim Sum is a favorite of mine and A & J is the place to get it! This small joint in Annandale has been serving up delicious Northern style dishes for as long as I can remember and it's as good as ever.

Must order dishes include: the spicy garlic cucumbers; the garlic seaweed; the uber delicious beef tendon with garlic sauce; the spicy wontons; and noodles in hot and sour sauce. I also like to come here on weekends for brunch because they serve Chinese breakfast. Then you can get the Chinese fried bread sticks, warm soy milk and other delicious goodies. Everything is melt-in-your mouth delicious (especially the tendons!) and incredibly garlic-y!!!! Be prepared to taste the sharp spicy punch of raw garlic in all these dishes.

It can get pretty busy here on weekend and for dinner so be prepared to wait a bit. The table turn around time is quite fast so you won't be waiting too long. The waitresses are quick and the food comes out fast. It's definitely a hustle and bustle kind of joint. Sometimes they can get kind of pushy when they want you to eat and leave in order to make room for the next table.

Also on Sundays and Saturdays, they serve Chinese breakfast! It's while supplies last though so don't go at 3:00 PM on Sunday after you've woken up with a hangover, cause they might be out! Below is an example of some of their Chinese breakfast dishes, but a must get is the fried dough (which is not in the picture)!!!

4316 Markham St
Ste B

Annandale, VA 22003

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