Cheap Eats 2009: Full Key
Great food, low prices, lots of fun
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Cynthia Hacinli, Ann Limpert, Kate Nerenberg, Rina Rapuano
Comments () | Published June 22, 2009
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Full Key - Wheaton
Address: 2227 University Boulevard W., Silver Spring/Takoma Park, MD 20902
Phone: 301-933-8388
Neighborhood: Wheaton
Cuisines: Cantonese, Chinese
Opening Hours: Open daily for lunch and dinner.
Nearby Metro Stops: Wheaton
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Cantonese-style duck; roast pork; soy-sauce chicken; clams with black bean sauce; stirfried snowpea leaves; Lotus Root Delight; soy sauce noodles; shredded pork with pan-fried noodles; pepper-salted pork chops; congee with beef, squid, and peanut; black-

Why go: In a pinch, sure, you can make do with the oily stir-fries and murky saucing of the corner takeout joint. For all other times, there’s this 13-table, Hong Kong–style bandbox, a vivid reminder of how good Chinese cooking can be. The soups, casseroles, and glazed, roasted meats are fresh, authentic, and irresistible.

What to get: Sizzling beef hot pot (the real-deal pepper steak); shrimp-dumpling soup; shrimp and rice drenched in a light egg sauce; deep-fried, five-spiced-spiked pork chops; Cantonese honey-roasted duck and chicken, cleavered into strips and bathed in soy sauce.

Best for: Going with a group and taking advantage of the round tables with lazy Susans.

Insider tip: Don’t count on a cold Tsingtao beer—the place doesn’t have a liquor license.

Open daily for lunch and dinner.

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