Traditional Cantonese dim sum is a daily event at the year-old Gourmet Inspirations (2646 University Blvd., Silver Spring), which inherited the head kitchen staff of Good Fortune after its 30-year run. It’s worth saving a visit for weekends, when food carts laden with steamed buns, black-bean-sauced chicken feet, and savory domes of Eight Treasure sticky rice circle the banquet-hall-like room.
Sundays at the Cambodian/Taiwanese small-plates spot Maketto (1351 H St., NE), the palm-filled patio draws crowds of dumpling-seekers. The steamed leek and pork buns and caramel-doused fried chicken from the dinner menu are on offer, but you’d do well to branch out for plates of rice-noodle crepes, numbingly spicy cucumbers, and a classic egg tart made by pastry chef Rebekka Baltzell. Nearly everything pops with flavor.
If you’re up for shelling out more cash than your typical dim sum brunch calls for, head to the Source (575 Pennsylvania Ave., NW) on a Saturday afternoon, when we’ve never seen the minimalist upstairs dining room so packed. Forty bucks gets you five dishes, and $56 buys eight. Load up on dumplings—a delicate lobster version, a heartier brisket purse—and don’t miss the fabulous turnip cakes with sweet soy.
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