Bride & Groom MOM Subscribe

Find Local

June 2004: A & J Restaurant

These stylish northern Chinese dim sum parlors attract a young crowd. The Rockville branch has cinnamon-and-yellow walls and trapeze lighting; Annandale has faux stone and a mural of historic China. Unlike the typical Hong Kong-style dim sum palace, diners order from a menu rather than pointing to dishes on a cart.

Northern Chinese dim sum also favors bready items. Thousand-layer pancake is a many-layered flatbread to tear into hunks and dip in Chinese tea. A sesame-studded rectangle of flaky dough is filled with bits of meat, a sort of breakfast sandwich. You'll find fewer noodle dishes overall, but there is an offbeat take on sesame noodles—spicy and with a shake of peanut powder. Other taste sensations are stogie-size pork potstickers, cucumbers with hot garlic sauce, marinated razor-thin slices of pork and beef, and a wonderfully soothing bowl of steaming pork-and-mustard-green soup.

Most Popular on Washingtonian

9 Businesses You Remember If You Grew Up in Washington

Take a Look Inside Scream City, DC's Only Major Haunted Attraction

Metro's Ridership Is Still Falling, and Fare Hikes Might Be the Only Way to Keep Its Revenue Up

Preview: Washington National Opera's Halloween Costume Sale Is as Awesome as It Sounds

25 Things to Do in DC This October

Where to Find the Best Pizzas Around DC

14 Pairs of Stylish Rain Shoes That Are Better Than Rain Boots

What Could Happen to Washington If a Hurricane Hits

Having Trouble With Your Wedding #Hashtag? There's Now a Tool for That!