100 Very Best Restaurants: #52 – Q by Peter Chang

Q by Peter Chang, one of many top Chinese restaurants open on Christmas. Photograph by Scott Suchman

About Q by Peter Chang

4500 East-West Hwy
Bethesda, MD 20814

Chinese chef Peter Chang’s jade-accented flagship is hidden away in an off-the-grid Bethesda office building. Here’s why you should seek it out: There’s terrific week-end dim sum (plus an even more terrific lunchtime sampler of dumplings and turnip cakes) and a standard-setting Peking duck (bonus: you can get it whole or in an appetizer portion). Then there are the hits that have elevated Chang to near legendary status in national foodie circles: his numbing cumin lamb chops, the balloon-like scallion bubble pancake, and the spears of dry-fried eggplant you wish every bar would serve as a snack. Moderate.

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 Petworth.

Food Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.

Jessica Sidman
Food Editor

Jessica Sidman covers the people and trends behind D.C.’s food and drink scene. Before joining Washingtonian in July 2016, she was Food Editor and Young & Hungry columnist at Washington City Paper. She is a Colorado native and University of Pennsylvania grad.