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A & J Restaurant - Annandale

4316-B Markham St.
Annandale, VA

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.

Nearby Metro Stops: Dunn Loring-Merrifield

Price Range: Inexpensive

Dress: Informal

Noise Level: Chatty

Reservations: Not Needed

Website: http://

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

Cheap Eats 2009: A & J Restaurant - Annandale

Great food, low prices, lots of fun.

Why go: There’s no rolling-out of carts, and the emphasis on Northern Chinese–style dim sum means a preponderance of starchy fare. But if these two sparely appointed diners lack the variety and big-event excitement of the more popular Southern-style dim sum halls, they don’t lack for satisfactions. You can cobble together a feast for a relative pittance.

What to get: Thick noodles with sesame sauce or peanut powder or topped with stewed beef; mustard-green soup; garlicky bands of pickled cucumber; boiled peanuts; wontons in red-chili oil; smoked and steamed chicken.

Best for: A good alternative to stir-fries.

Insider tip: Bring cash—the restaurant doesn’t take credit cards or checks.

Open daily for lunch and dinner.

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