A & J Restaurant - Annandale
4316-B Markham St.
Cuisines: Breakfast, Chinese, Cantonese, Dim Sum
Open Monday through Friday 11:30 to 9, and Saturday and Sunday 10 to 9.
Nearby Metro Stops: Dunn Loring-Merrifield
Price Range: Inexpensive
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
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
Dim sum, .95 cents to $5.95.
Special Features: Kid Friendly
Why go: These Northern-style dim sum parlors—no carts and an emphasis on bread products and noodles rather than the dumplings and steamed dishes of Southern-style dim sum—offer arguably the area’s best bang for the buck. Few restaurants can match them for variety and value.
What to get: Dan dan noodles; pickled spicy cucumbers; salad of shredded chicken and julienned cucumber tossed with a piquant mustard sauce; a small plate of smoked, crisp-skinned chicken in a pool of soy sauce; fried pork with noodles; chicken soup with noodles and bok choy.
Best for: Bargain-minded thrill seekers.
Insider tip: A&J has a short slate of breakfast dishes on Saturday, including a sandwich that encases a scrambled egg between two freshly made sesame cakes—a delicious answer to the McMuffin.
Open Sunday through Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
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