The sesame-sprinkled, scrambled-egg-filled biscuits here deserve a spot on any list of the area’s top breakfast sandwiches—and are also a signal that A&J isn’t your typical dim sum parlor. There are no rolling carts (you pencil in your order on a paper list), no credit cards accepted, and definitely no frills, but the rewards are many and, even in the context of this list, stunningly cheap. You don’t come unless you’re prepared to embrace starches: flaky thousand-layer pancakes; long, crunchy-fried crullers; a strapping bowl of noodles with zesty ground pork and bean paste. A dish of marinated cucumbers in hot sauce is a must, if only to provide a respite from all the breadiness.
Where you can get it:
4316 Markham St., Annandale, 703-813-8181
1319 Rockville Pike, Rockville, 301-251-7878
Also good: Fried chicken; boiled peanuts; sesame biscuit with sliced beef; dan-dannoodles; salad of bean curd, peanuts, and cilantro.