Cheap Eats 2011: A&J Restaurant Annandale
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A & J Restaurant - Annandale
Address: 4316-B Markham St., Annandale, VA
Phone: 703.813.8181
Neighborhood: Annandale
Cuisines: Chinese, Cantonese, Dim Sum, Breakfast
Opening Hours: Open Monday through Friday 11:30 to 9, and Saturday and Sunday 10 to 9.
Nearby Metro Stops: Dunn Loring-Merrifield
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Sesame biscuits with sliced pork or beef ; pickled spicy cucumbers; chicken-and-cucumber salad with mustard sauce dan dan noodles; noodles with stewed, ground pork; fried chicken over rice; soy-sauce chicken; chicken soup with noodles and bok choy; musta
Price Details: Dim sum, .95 cents to $5.95.

These dim sum houses are as notable for what they don't offer as for what they do. They don't take credit cards, employ the cart system of their weekend-only competitors, or serve alcohol. That they manage to draw crowds is a testament to their consistency and value--not to mention the excellent attentions of the blue-jeaned waitstaff.

The menu is inspired by the starchy carbs of northern China, and that should be your focus in ordering--look for sesame cakes (on weekend mornings, get them filled with scrambled egg), pork-filled wontons in a bowl of red-chili oil, and giant baton-shaped crullers. For a change of pace from all that starch, add an order of garlicky pickled cucumbers and boiled peanuts.

Also good: Dan-dan noodles; boiled peanuts; spicy pickles; noodles with ground pork and bean-paste sauce.

Open Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday and Sunday for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

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