Hollywood East Cafe
11160 Veirs Mill Rd.
Wheaton, MD 20902
Cuisines: Dim Sum, Chinese, Cantonese
Open for dim sum Saturday and Sunday 10 to 3, and Monday through Friday 11 to 3. Open for lunch and dinner Sunday 10 AM to midnight; Monday through Thursday 11 AM to midnight; Friday 11 AM to 1 AM; Saturday 10 AM to 1 AM.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Wheaton
Price Range: Inexpensive
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Shark-fin dumplings; crab/shrimp balls; chive/shrimp dumplings; shrimp-and-snow-pea dumplings; baked pork buns; shrimp-stuffed eggplant; fried shrimp with pepper; roast-pork-filled sesame pastries; honey-walnut shrimp; steamed lingfish; chicken casserole
Starters $3.50 to $24.95, entrées $7.95 to $42.95.
Special Features: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Late Night, Party Space, Good for Groups
Scene: Food Specials
Why go: This dim sum standard bearer, newly relocated to Wheaton Mall, is still finding its rhythm after a ten-month hiatus. There’s a heavier hand than before, and formerly flawless dumplings and buns have proven merely good. But there are highs, and co-owner Janet Yu’s track record suggests that the area’s best dim sum parlor will again reign triumphant.
What to get: Shark-fin dumplings; crab-and-shrimp balls; chive-and-shrimp dumplings; roast-pork buns; roast-pork-filled sesame pastries; carrot buns.
Best for: A spirited weekend brunch with friends and family.
Insider tip: The regular menu has never been the equal of the dim sum menu, but there are worthy Hong Kong–style dishes, including lingfish with ginger and scallion; a marvelous whole, cleavered chicken under a hailstorm of garlicky, toasted breadcrumbs; Hong Kong–style dumplings in XO sauce; sizzling chicken with Chinese mushrooms.
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