Hong Kong Palace
6387 Leesburg Pike, Seven Corners Center
Falls Church, VA 22044
Neighborhood: Falls Church
Cuisines: Szechuan, Cantonese, Chinese
Open Sunday through Thursday 11 AM to 10 PM; Friday and Saturday 11 AM to 11 PM.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Price Range: Inexpensive
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Chengdu Zhong's Spring Dumpling; cold cucumber with cilantro; dan dan noodles; fish-and-pickled-vegetable soup; bacon with black beans and peppers; Kung Pao chicken; fried chicken with fried peppers and peanuts; sesame balls with bean paste.
Starters, $3.95 to $6.95; entrées $6.50 to $22.95.
Special Features: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Delivery, Good for Groups
Scene: Food Specials
Why go: This unassuming strip-mall restaurant is overshadowed by Little Saigon in the nearby Eden Center, but it produces some of the area’s best Chinese cooking, spanning the spicy cuisines of Szechuan and Hunan provinces as well as the subtler, seafood-driven dishes of Canton.
What to get: Spicy Szechuan dry beef, crisp, chewy, and electrifying with heat; wood-ear mushroom salad, a refreshing antidote; steamed Chengdu dumplings; tea-smoked duck; cumin-scented lamb; braised fish with silken tofu in a thick, mildly spicy broth.
Best for: Taking friends who think Chinese food is ordinary, or a mixed group of heat seekers and chiliphobes to explore the breadth of the menu.
Insider tip: The staff may take a little coaxing before warming up and guiding you through the menu.
Open daily for lunch and dinner.