14005 Lee Jackson Memorial Hwy.
Chantilly, VA 20151
Cuisines: Szechuan, Chinese
Open Sunday through Thursday 10 to 10 PM; Friday and Saturday 10 AM to 11 PM.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Price Range: Inexpensive
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Steamed pork shank; Szechuan street dumplings; Green Bean Jelly with black pepper; cumin lamb; ma po tofu; spicy potato noodles; Kung Pao chicken; Chengdu pork; "ants on a stick."
Entrées $6.50 to $21.95, lunch buffet $8, dinner buffet $9, weekend buffet $10.
Special Features: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly
Why go: This family-owned two-part restaurant—a server-attended dining room and a less-appealing buffet—puts the Szechuan province and its namesake mouth-numbing peppercorn on vivid display in dishes assembled with fresh produce and experienced hands. The signature Chengdu sauce, ablaze with red chilies and scallions and available with almost every protein, proves that Chinese cooking can be way more than orange chicken.
What to get: Chengdu beef, fish, or pork; sweet-onion cake, whose fried dough is good for sopping up sauces or cooling a burning palate; a vinegary version of dan dan noodles; pea shoots stir-fried with garlic; pork belly with ginger and long beans; ma po tofu.
Best for: Large groups of intrepid eaters who aren’t afraid to try such dishes as Ants on the Tree (pork with noodles) or green-bean jelly.
Insider tip: Don’t let the staff steer you to the Americanized buffet; ask for suggestions from the Chinese menu instead.
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