100 Very Best Restaurants: #63 – A&J Restaurant

Spicy Beef Noodle Soup

About A&J Restaurant

4316 Markham St. 1319 Rockville Pike
Washington, DC

The smell of fresh dumplings and steaming soups makes even short waits at this no-reservations dim sum hot spot feel torturous. Mercifully, service is swift and patience is rewarded with pork-filled pot stickers and delicately wrapped wontons. The northern Chinese menu is vast, but make room on your table for handmade noodles swimming in a spicy beef broth or slicked in hot-and-sour sauce. Pro tip: Balance out the carb-fest with some garlicky cucumbers and pickled cabbage. Oh, and bring cash—the place takes only that or Venmo. Inexpensive.

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