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Cheap Eats 2010: Hollywood East Cafe on the Boulevard
100 places that offer great food at low prices.
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Rina Rapuano, Kate Nerenberg
Comments () | Published June 14, 2010
Cheap Eats (2010)

Hollywood East Cafe
Address: 11160 Veirs Mill Rd. , Wheaton, MD 20902
Phone: 240-290-9988
Neighborhood: Wheaton
Cuisines: Dim Sum, Chinese, Cantonese
Opening Hours: Open for dim sum Saturday and Sunday 10 to 3, and Monday through Friday 11 to 3. Open for lunch and dinner Sunday 10 AM to midnight; Monday through Thursday 11 AM to midnight; Friday 11 AM to 1 AM; Saturday 10 AM to 1 AM.
Nearby Metro Stops: Wheaton
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Shark-fin dumplings; crab/shrimp balls; chive/shrimp dumplings; shrimp-and-snow-pea dumplings; baked pork buns; shrimp-stuffed eggplant; fried shrimp with pepper; roast-pork-filled sesame pastries; honey-walnut shrimp; steamed lingfish; chicken casserole
Price Details: Starters $2.50 to $24.95, entrées $6.50 to $29.95.

Why go: This dim sum standard bearer, newly relocated to Wheaton Mall, is still finding its rhythm after a ten-month hiatus. There’s a heavier hand than before, and formerly flawless dumplings and buns have proven merely good. But there are highs, and co-owner Janet Yu’s track record suggests that the area’s best dim sum parlor will again reign triumphant.

What to get: Shark-fin dumplings; crab-and-shrimp balls; chive-and-shrimp dumplings; roast-pork buns; roast-pork-filled sesame pastries; carrot buns.

Best for: A spirited weekend brunch with friends and family.

Insider tip: The regular menu has never been the equal of the dim sum menu, but there are worthy Hong Kong–style dishes, including lingfish with ginger and scallion; a marvelous whole, cleavered chicken under a hailstorm of garlicky, toasted breadcrumbs; Hong Kong–style dumplings in XO sauce; sizzling chicken with Chinese mushrooms.

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