The category of Cantonese barbecue, or siu mei, encompasses a wide variety of marinated, oven-roasted meats and non-roasted items such as white-cut chicken (boiled), marinated cuttlefish and jellyfish, braised duck, and fried chicken. Visitors to D.C.’s Chinatown are probably familiar with the roast ducks, pigs, and chickens seen hanging upside down in the windows of long-running Chinatown Express. Or maybe they’ve seen red-tinged char siu pork — sliced up in a bowl of ramen or fried rice — available in Chinese restaurants from Rockville and Wheaton down to Fall Church. The COVID-19 pandemic has hit American Chinese restaurants especially hard. These 12 family-owned restaurants across the D.C. area could benefit from the support of customers looking for red-tinged pork, roast duck, and more.
Restaurants on this map may temporarily close due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, so check with a business before showing up. A number of D.C. area restaurants have resumed dine-in service. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns. The Washington Post is tracking coronavirus cases and deaths in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. More information can be found at coronavirus.dc.gov. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.Read More