100 Very Best Restaurants: #74 – A&J Restaurant

A&J dishes up Northern Chinese-style dim sum. Photograph by Scott Suchman

About A&J Restaurant

cuisines
Chinese
Location(s)
4316 Markham St
Annandale, VA 22003
1319 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852

A line out the door signals the good things to come at these northern Chinese dim sum parlors. Patrons tick off items on paper menus—that no-carts system means everything is fresh and made to order. The regional style highlights starches such as pan-fried pork dumplings, flaky dan bing wraps stuffed with egg and scallions, and fiery noodle soups. For something green, try garlicky cucumbers or stir-fried mustard greens. Frills are few—no alcohol or credit cards here—but you’ll feast like a king for pauper prices. Inexpensive.

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