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
These dim sum houses are as notable for what they don't offer as for what they do. They don't take credit cards, employ the cart system of their weekend-only competitors, or serve alcohol. That they manage to draw crowds is a testament to their consistency and value--not to mention the excellent attentions of the blue-jeaned waitstaff.
The menu is inspired by the starchy carbs of northern China, and that should be your focus in ordering--look for sesame cakes (on weekend mornings, get them filled with scrambled egg), pork-filled wontons in a bowl of red-chili oil, and giant baton-shaped crullers. For a change of pace from all that starch, add an order of garlicky pickled cucumbers and boiled peanuts.
Also good: Dan-dan noodles; boiled peanuts; spicy pickles; noodles with ground pork and bean-paste sauce.
Open Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday and Sunday for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.