Cheap Eats 2010: China Bistro
100 great places that offer great food at low prices.
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Kate Nerenberg, Rina Rapuano
Comments () | Published June 10, 2010
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China Bistro
Address: 755 Hungerford Dr., Rockville, MD 20850
Phone: 301-294-0808
Neighborhood: Rockville
Cuisines: Chinese
Opening Hours: Open daily 11 AM to 9:30 PM.
Nearby Metro Stops: Rockville
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Intimate
Reservations: Not Accepted
Best Dishes Beef-and-celery dumplings; Mama's special dumplings; vegetable dumplings; shrimp-and-chive dumplings; cold noodles with peanut sauce; beef noodle soup; bubble teas, such as honeydew and lemon-kumquat.
Price Details: Dumplings, $5.95 to $7.50 per dozen.

Why go: The dumplings. The Chinese name out front translates as Mama’s Dumplings, and the hot, bundled purses—freshly made by Mama—are the stuff of cravings. The neighborhood has more handsomely appointed places than this cramped cafe, but few satisfy as deeply.

What to get: Cold noodles with sesame-peanut sauce; chive-and-shrimp dumplings; beef-and-celery dumplings; hearty beef noodle soup.

Best for: Quick, simple, and wonderfully nourishing lunches and dinners.

Insider tip: Getting a table at prime time can mean a wait of half an hour or more, especially on weekends. Go early or for a late lunch; Mama serves straight through.

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