Cheap Eats 2008: A&J Restaurant
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A & J Restaurant - Annandale
Address: 4316-B Markham St., Annandale, VA
Phone: 703.813.8181
Neighborhood: Annandale
Cuisines: Breakfast, Chinese, Cantonese, Dim Sum
Opening Hours: Open Monday through Friday 11:30 to 9, and Saturday and Sunday 10 to 9.
Kid Friendly: Yes
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.
Special Features:
Kid Friendly

Why go: Northern-Chinese dim sum feels like comfort food at these busy cafes, where diners dig into thousand-layer pancakes, deep bowls of noodles, and even fried chicken alongside pots of jasmine tea.

What to get: A cooling bean-curd-skin-and-soybean salad with finely chopped mustard greens; a salad of chili-splashed shredded bean curd with cilantro and peanuts; shao bing, shavings of pork in a flaky sesame biscuit; skinny noodles with shredded cucumbers, bean sprouts, and piquant ground pork; smoked on-the-bone chicken; spiced boiled peanuts.

Best for: A many-plated meal that feels indulgent but is ultracheap.

Insider tip: Dim sum might call to mind a parade of dumplings, but the bready stuff here—the pancakes, pastries, and biscuits—is much better than the leaden potstickers and steamed, noodle-wrapped pork buns. No credit cards.

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