Neighborhood Eats: P.F. Chang’s China Bistro

Oversize statues of emperors are meant to evoke 11th-century China in these spaces that would feel like museums if you turned the sound off. But the sound is never off. Classic rock and conversational din bounce off the hard surfaces and make for a loud, buzzy scene.

What to get: Spiced-chicken lettuce wraps; steamed shrimp dumplings; wok-seared ribs Chang’s style or Northern style with five-spice salt; lemon-pepper shrimp with chives; Chengdu spiced lamb with cumin and mint; stir-fried eggplant with scallions and chilis.

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Ann Limpert
Executive Food Editor/Critic

Ann Limpert joined Washingtonian in late 2003. She was previously an editorial assistant at Entertainment Weekly and a cook in New York restaurant kitchens, and she is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education. She lives in Logan Circle.