755 Hungerford Dr.
Rockville, MD 20850
Open daily 11 AM to 9:30 PM.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Rockville
Price Range: Inexpensive
Noise Level: Intimate
Reservations: Not Accepted
Beef-and-celery dumplings; Mama's special dumplings; vegetable dumplings; shrimp-and-chive dumplings; cold noodles with peanut sauce; beef noodle soup; bubble teas, such as honeydew and lemon-kumquat.
Dumplings, $5.95 to $7.50 per dozen.
Special Features: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly
Why go: The dumplings. The Chinese name out front translates as Mama’s Dumplings, and the hot, bundled purses—freshly made by Mama—are the stuff of cravings. The neighborhood has more handsomely appointed places than this cramped cafe, but few satisfy as deeply.
What to get: Cold noodles with sesame-peanut sauce; chive-and-shrimp dumplings; beef-and-celery dumplings; hearty beef noodle soup.
Best for: Quick, simple, and wonderfully nourishing lunches and dinners.
Insider tip: Getting a table at prime time can mean a wait of half an hour or more, especially on weekends. Go early or for a late lunch; Mama serves straight through.
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