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22 Essential Chinese Restaurants Open for Takeout and Delivery Around D.C.

Where to order stellar dim sum, dan dan noodles, and more

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The D.C. area is home to many outstanding Chinese restaurants, and diners willing to travel outside the city limits will be rewarded. Places like Rockville, Falls Church, and Fairfax County boast seriously satisfying Chinese cooking, from fiery Sichuan noodles to savory soup dumplings. And although D.C.’s own Chinatown has only a scattering of Chinese restaurants remaining, the District maintains a few noteworthy, innovative Chinese eateries.

Here are the essential Chinese food standouts in the area offering takeout and delivery.

A number of D.C. area restaurants have resumed dine-in service. 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.

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1. Shanghai Taste

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1121 Nelson St
Rockville, MD 20850
(301) 279-0806
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Shanghai Taste offers arguably the best soup dumplings in the area, with three varieties of the cult favorite. It also serves an array of chef’s specials, pork with rice cakes, and more. The Rockville restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. for call-in orders and curbside pickups.

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2. Bob's Shanghai 66

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N Washington St
Rockville, MD 20850
(301) 251-6652
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Soup dumplings are also a favorite at Bob's Shanghai 66, where they’re filled with regular pork or with pork and crab roe. Other Shanghai specialities appear on an extensive menu that ranges from spicy pig ears to sizzling flounder. Due to the pandemic, Bob’s Shanghai 66 eliminated dining in in favor of takeout, with shortened hours from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. The restaurant also offers delivery on Grubhub or UberEats.

Salt and pepper pork at Bob’s Shanghai.
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3. A&J Restaurant

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1319 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852
(301) 251-7878
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Another Rockville mainstay, A&J is known for its noodles and dim sum. Northwest Chinese food is the focus here. Order delivery via UberEats from the Rockville and Annandale locations. Both spots are open from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., offering contact-free carryout.

4. Joe's Noodle House

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1488 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852
(301) 881-5518
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Joe's Noodle House has long been a standard bearer for Sichuan cuisine in the area. Spicy dishes like dumplings with red hot sauce, mapo tofu, and homemade bacon with leeks have brought diners in for well over a decade. Want it more incendiary? Just ask. The Rockville restaurant offers food for pickup only right now. — Travis Mitchell

Dumplings from Joe’s
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5. Gourmet Inspirations

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2646 University Blvd W
Silver Spring, MD 20902
(301) 929-8818
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Before COVID-19, the spacious dining room at this Wheaton fixture would be filled with customers ordering har gow (shrimp dumplings), rice crepes, and beef chow fun noodles from rolling carts. Customers can place pickup orders online for lunch or dinner until 8 p.m. six days a week (closed Tuesdays). — Gabe Hiatt

6. Hollywood East Cafe

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11160 Veirs Mill Rd
Wheaton, MD 20902
(240) 290-9988
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Founded by Janet Yu in 1996, this Hong Kong-style dim spot in the Westfield Montgomery Mall has been renowned for decades. Hollywood East accepts online takeout orders from 3 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 11:15 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. — G.H.

7. Northwest Chinese Food

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#E, 7313 Baltimore Ave
College Park, MD 20740
(240) 714-4473

Cumin lamb burgers, spicy potato noodles, and cold skin noodles are among the dishes at this College Park restaurant that specializes in dishes from the Shanxi province. It’s open for takeout from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

A stir fry from Northwest Chinese
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8. Dolan Uyghur Restaurant

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3518 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 686-3941
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Uyghur cuisine is not very widely represented in D.C., but Dolan provides a taste of this culture. Uyghurs are a Turkic group who now live primarily in a province in Northwest China. The cuisine at Dolan features a variety of dishes, but the most essential are the pulled noodles, called laghman, as well dumplings dubbed manti. Overall, the food here shares qualities and spices that touch on both Chinese and Middle Eastern cooking. Call for carryout or order online via delivery apps like DoorDash, UberEats, Postmates, and Seamless. —Travis Mitchell

9. Queen’s English

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3410 11th St NW
Washington, DC 20010

This cozy, well-appointed restaurant in Columbia Heights quickly became a destination for chef Henji Cheung’s modern, Hong Kong-style cooking and co-owner Sarah Thompson’s natural wine list. Queen’s English accepts preorders for a la carte dishes like daikon fritters with baby shrimp and shiitakes or Cheung’s silken tofu with king crab and dried scallops for takeout on its website (Thursday through Sunday; pickups 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.). There’s also patio dining six days a week (closed Wednesdays), and Thompson has turned the interior into a candle and wine shop. — G.H.

Henji Cheung
Henji Cheung in the kitchen at Queen’s English
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10. Asian Origin

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1753 Pinnacle Dr
Tysons, VA 22102
(703) 448-9988
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This Tysons Corner restaurant is a good option for Sichuan fare, whether it be cumin fish or pork in spicy garlic sauce. But it also serves some harder-to-find options, like a “wandering” frog dish with pickled pepper. The weekend brings a small plates menu of dim sum-esque dishes, including spicy wontons, soup dumplings, and scallion pancakes. Online ordering for pickup is available via Asian Origin’s website, and the restaurant is also on delivery apps like DoorDash and Grubhub.

A platter of fried cumin fish from Asian Origin
Cumin fish from Asian Origin
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11. Panda Gourmet

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2700 New York Ave NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 534-1620
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This not-so-hidden-anymore gem is housed in the Days Inn off of New York Avenue in Northeast D.C. and is known for its Sichuan cooking. Dan dan noodles and ma po tofu are sure bets. Panda Gourmet doesn’t offer delivery, but there is online ordering for takeout.

12. Great Wall Szechuan House

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1527 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 797-8888
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Many D.C. residents turn to Great Wall for their carryout needs, especially when it comes to dishes like dan dan noodles and ma la wontons. Call for pickup at the Logan Circle restaurant.

Mapo tofu from Great Wall
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13. Astoria DC

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1521 17th St NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 754-0065
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Devin Gong, the bar manager behind trusty H Street NE cocktail bar CopyCat Company, opened this Sichuan restaurant in 2019 and taught himself to work the wok. Peppers imported from Chengdu go into dishes like mapo tofu, water boiled beef, and chili wontons. The basil eggplant is a sleeper hit. Order online for takeout or in-house delivery. — G.H.

14. Da Hong Pao Restaurant and Bar

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1409 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 846-7229
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Jerry Chen, the owner of Yum’s II, has been in Logan Circle since 1988. Da Hong Pao, a high-end dim sum parlor, is next-door to the carryout. Call in takeout orders for roast pork buns and steamed spare ribs, or get delivery through Postmates. — G.H.

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Dim Sum at Da Hong Pao
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15. Tiger Fork

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922 Blagden Alley NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 733-1152
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This hip Hong Kong kitchen in Blagden Alley offers a condensed takeout menu featuring items like chili wontons, char siu plates with barbecue pork and pickles, and chewy Emperor’s Dragon noodles with duck, snap peas, and sweet soy sauce. Cocktails from beverage director Ian Fletcher, who’s known to mix in Chinese medicinal ingredients, are also available to go. Place takeout orders online for dinner Wednesday through Sunday, or get deliveries via DoorDash and Caviar. — G.H.

Fall Dining Guide - Tiger Fork
A Chinese barbecue plate from Tiger Fork
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16. New Big Wong

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610 H St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 628-0491

People determined to eat Chinese food in Chinatown should descend the steps into this standby to discover a deep selection of consistent Cantonese classics. Heaping plates of dry scallop fried rice are specialties here. Call the restaurant for carryout dinner orders. — G.H.

17. Peter Chang

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2503-E N Harrison St
Arlington, VA 22207
(703) 538-6688
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Peter Chang’s first restaurant is one place fans can reliably find his signature dishes, whether it be dry-fried eggplant, bamboo fish, or giant scallion bubble pancakes. But the menu is worth further exploring. Sample the excellent chow fun that often appears on the specials list, or delve into other dishes like the crunchy golden chicken and the homey Grandma’s noodles. The Arlington restaurant offers carryout via phone orders or online orders on its website, with delivery via DoorDash.

Peter Chang at his Arlington restaurant
Peter Chang at his Arlington restaurant
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18. Chiko (Multiple Locations)

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423 8th St SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 558-9934
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This combined effort from lauded chefs Scott Drewno, Danny Lee, and Drew Kim brought fast-casual Chinese and Korean dishes to new heights in D.C. Chiko has branched out from Barracks Row with another location in Dupont Circle, and both offer online ordering for pickup or delivery via its website.

Chiko brisket high res
Wagshal’s brisket fried rice from Chiko
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19. Hong Kong Palace

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6387 Seven Corners Center
Falls Church, VA 22044
(703) 532-0940
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Sichuan fare is the focus at this Falls Church mainstay, including fiery twice-cooked pork and expert cumin lamb. Specials on the wall (in Chinese) reveal additional options. The American Chinese may not excite everyone, but the kitchen still churns out a mean General Tso’s chicken. Call for carryout, and the restaurant also offers delivery within a three-mile radius after 5 p.m. (try DoorDash and UberEats before 5 p.m.).

20. Mama Chang

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3251 Old Lee Hwy Ste101
Fairfax, VA 22030
(703) 268-5556
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Mama Chang is a newish addition to the scene. While it’s part of Peter Chang’s mini empire, it offers a special personal touch, including family recipes spearheaded by the women in the family, Lisa and Lydia Chang. Check out the spicy flounder, dry fried cauliflower, and much more. Order online for pickup on Mama Chang’s website. The restaurant is also on Postmates, UberEats, and DoorDash for delivery.

Mama Chang dumplings.
Dumplings with a lacy wrapper from Mama Chang
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21. Peking Gourmet Inn

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6029 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, VA 22041
(703) 671-8088
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This historic Falls Church restaurant, a favorite of President George Bush and visited by countless other American leaders, serves up Peking duck, with leeks from its own farm, in an old-school white tablecloth atmosphere. Diners can round out a meal with dishes like black pepper beef or hefty egg rolls. To find even more duck, check out China Wok in Tysons Corner, where a Peking Gourmet alumnus is cooking up the iconic dish with particularly crispy skin. Call the restaurant for carryout orders.

The empty dining room at the regal Peking Gourmet Inn in Falls Church
Peking Gourmet Inn
Peking Gourmet Inn [official site]

22. Yunnan By Potomac Noodle House

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814 N Fairfax St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(571) 699-3935
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Try noodles from the Yunnan Province at this new Alexandria restaurant, which serves up bright “comfort food” bowls with mixian rice noodles and toppings like braised beef chunks, pulled chicken, fresh vegetables, and braised tea egg. Order online for takeout or delivery via UberEats.

Yunnan By Potomac
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1. Shanghai Taste

1121 Nelson St, Rockville, MD 20850

Shanghai Taste offers arguably the best soup dumplings in the area, with three varieties of the cult favorite. It also serves an array of chef’s specials, pork with rice cakes, and more. The Rockville restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. for call-in orders and curbside pickups.

1121 Nelson St
Rockville, MD 20850

2. Bob's Shanghai 66

N Washington St, Rockville, MD 20850
Salt and pepper pork at Bob’s Shanghai.
Bob’s Shanghai [official photo]

Soup dumplings are also a favorite at Bob's Shanghai 66, where they’re filled with regular pork or with pork and crab roe. Other Shanghai specialities appear on an extensive menu that ranges from spicy pig ears to sizzling flounder. Due to the pandemic, Bob’s Shanghai 66 eliminated dining in in favor of takeout, with shortened hours from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. The restaurant also offers delivery on Grubhub or UberEats.

N Washington St
Rockville, MD 20850

3. A&J Restaurant

1319 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852

Another Rockville mainstay, A&J is known for its noodles and dim sum. Northwest Chinese food is the focus here. Order delivery via UberEats from the Rockville and Annandale locations. Both spots are open from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., offering contact-free carryout.

1319 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852

4. Joe's Noodle House

1488 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852
Dumplings from Joe’s
Joe’s [official photo]

Joe's Noodle House has long been a standard bearer for Sichuan cuisine in the area. Spicy dishes like dumplings with red hot sauce, mapo tofu, and homemade bacon with leeks have brought diners in for well over a decade. Want it more incendiary? Just ask. The Rockville restaurant offers food for pickup only right now. — Travis Mitchell

1488 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852

5. Gourmet Inspirations

2646 University Blvd W, Silver Spring, MD 20902

Before COVID-19, the spacious dining room at this Wheaton fixture would be filled with customers ordering har gow (shrimp dumplings), rice crepes, and beef chow fun noodles from rolling carts. Customers can place pickup orders online for lunch or dinner until 8 p.m. six days a week (closed Tuesdays). — Gabe Hiatt

2646 University Blvd W
Silver Spring, MD 20902

6. Hollywood East Cafe

11160 Veirs Mill Rd, Wheaton, MD 20902

Founded by Janet Yu in 1996, this Hong Kong-style dim spot in the Westfield Montgomery Mall has been renowned for decades. Hollywood East accepts online takeout orders from 3 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 11:15 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. — G.H.

11160 Veirs Mill Rd
Wheaton, MD 20902

7. Northwest Chinese Food

#E, 7313 Baltimore Ave, College Park, MD 20740
A stir fry from Northwest Chinese
Northwest Chinese [official site]

Cumin lamb burgers, spicy potato noodles, and cold skin noodles are among the dishes at this College Park restaurant that specializes in dishes from the Shanxi province. It’s open for takeout from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

#E, 7313 Baltimore Ave
College Park, MD 20740

8. Dolan Uyghur Restaurant

3518 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

Uyghur cuisine is not very widely represented in D.C., but Dolan provides a taste of this culture. Uyghurs are a Turkic group who now live primarily in a province in Northwest China. The cuisine at Dolan features a variety of dishes, but the most essential are the pulled noodles, called laghman, as well dumplings dubbed manti. Overall, the food here shares qualities and spices that touch on both Chinese and Middle Eastern cooking. Call for carryout or order online via delivery apps like DoorDash, UberEats, Postmates, and Seamless. —Travis Mitchell

3518 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

9. Queen’s English

3410 11th St NW, Washington, DC 20010
Henji Cheung
Henji Cheung in the kitchen at Queen’s English
Rey Lopez/Eater D.C.

This cozy, well-appointed restaurant in Columbia Heights quickly became a destination for chef Henji Cheung’s modern, Hong Kong-style cooking and co-owner Sarah Thompson’s natural wine list. Queen’s English accepts preorders for a la carte dishes like daikon fritters with baby shrimp and shiitakes or Cheung’s silken tofu with king crab and dried scallops for takeout on its website (Thursday through Sunday; pickups 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.). There’s also patio dining six days a week (closed Wednesdays), and Thompson has turned the interior into a candle and wine shop. — G.H.

3410 11th St NW
Washington, DC 20010

10. Asian Origin

1753 Pinnacle Dr, Tysons, VA 22102
A platter of fried cumin fish from Asian Origin
Cumin fish from Asian Origin
Missy Frederick/Eater DC

This Tysons Corner restaurant is a good option for Sichuan fare, whether it be cumin fish or pork in spicy garlic sauce. But it also serves some harder-to-find options, like a “wandering” frog dish with pickled pepper. The weekend brings a small plates menu of dim sum-esque dishes, including spicy wontons, soup dumplings, and scallion pancakes. Online ordering for pickup is available via Asian Origin’s website, and the restaurant is also on delivery apps like DoorDash and Grubhub.

1753 Pinnacle Dr
Tysons, VA 22102

11. Panda Gourmet

2700 New York Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002

This not-so-hidden-anymore gem is housed in the Days Inn off of New York Avenue in Northeast D.C. and is known for its Sichuan cooking. Dan dan noodles and ma po tofu are sure bets. Panda Gourmet doesn’t offer delivery, but there is online ordering for takeout.

2700 New York Ave NE
Washington, DC 20002

12. Great Wall Szechuan House

1527 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005
Mapo tofu from Great Wall
Great Wall [official site]

Many D.C. residents turn to Great Wall for their carryout needs, especially when it comes to dishes like dan dan noodles and ma la wontons. Call for pickup at the Logan Circle restaurant.

1527 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20005

13. Astoria DC

1521 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20036

Devin Gong, the bar manager behind trusty H Street NE cocktail bar CopyCat Company, opened this Sichuan restaurant in 2019 and taught himself to work the wok. Peppers imported from Chengdu go into dishes like mapo tofu, water boiled beef, and chili wontons. The basil eggplant is a sleeper hit. Order online for takeout or in-house delivery. — G.H.

1521 17th St NW
Washington, DC 20036

14. Da Hong Pao Restaurant and Bar

1409 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005
Casual Dining - Da Hong Pao
Dim Sum at Da Hong Pao
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Jerry Chen, the owner of Yum’s II, has been in Logan Circle since 1988. Da Hong Pao, a high-end dim sum parlor, is next-door to the carryout. Call in takeout orders for roast pork buns and steamed spare ribs, or get delivery through Postmates. — G.H.

1409 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20005

15. Tiger Fork

922 Blagden Alley NW, Washington, DC 20001
Fall Dining Guide - Tiger Fork
A Chinese barbecue plate from Tiger Fork
Washington Post via Getty Images

This hip Hong Kong kitchen in Blagden Alley offers a condensed takeout menu featuring items like chili wontons, char siu plates with barbecue pork and pickles, and chewy Emperor’s Dragon noodles with duck, snap peas, and sweet soy sauce. Cocktails from beverage director Ian Fletcher, who’s known to mix in Chinese medicinal ingredients, are also available to go. Place takeout orders online for dinner Wednesday through Sunday, or get deliveries via DoorDash and Caviar. — G.H.

922 Blagden Alley NW
Washington, DC 20001

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16. New Big Wong

610 H St NW, Washington, DC 20001

People determined to eat Chinese food in Chinatown should descend the steps into this standby to discover a deep selection of consistent Cantonese classics. Heaping plates of dry scallop fried rice are specialties here. Call the restaurant for carryout dinner orders. — G.H.

610 H St NW
Washington, DC 20001

17. Peter Chang

2503-E N Harrison St, Arlington, VA 22207
Peter Chang at his Arlington restaurant
Peter Chang at his Arlington restaurant
R. Lopez/Eater DC

Peter Chang’s first restaurant is one place fans can reliably find his signature dishes, whether it be dry-fried eggplant, bamboo fish, or giant scallion bubble pancakes. But the menu is worth further exploring. Sample the excellent chow fun that often appears on the specials list, or delve into other dishes like the crunchy golden chicken and the homey Grandma’s noodles. The Arlington restaurant offers carryout via phone orders or online orders on its website, with delivery via DoorDash.

2503-E N Harrison St
Arlington, VA 22207

18. Chiko (Multiple Locations)

423 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003
Chiko brisket high res
Wagshal’s brisket fried rice from Chiko
Rey Lopez/Eater D.C.

This combined effort from lauded chefs Scott Drewno, Danny Lee, and Drew Kim brought fast-casual Chinese and Korean dishes to new heights in D.C. Chiko has branched out from Barracks Row with another location in Dupont Circle, and both offer online ordering for pickup or delivery via its website.

423 8th St SE
Washington, DC 20003

19. Hong Kong Palace

6387 Seven Corners Center, Falls Church, VA 22044

Sichuan fare is the focus at this Falls Church mainstay, including fiery twice-cooked pork and expert cumin lamb. Specials on the wall (in Chinese) reveal additional options. The American Chinese may not excite everyone, but the kitchen still churns out a mean General Tso’s chicken. Call for carryout, and the restaurant also offers delivery within a three-mile radius after 5 p.m. (try DoorDash and UberEats before 5 p.m.).

6387 Seven Corners Center
Falls Church, VA 22044

20. Mama Chang

3251 Old Lee Hwy Ste101, Fairfax, VA 22030
Mama Chang dumplings.
Dumplings with a lacy wrapper from Mama Chang
Rey Lopez/For Mama Chang

Mama Chang is a newish addition to the scene. While it’s part of Peter Chang’s mini empire, it offers a special personal touch, including family recipes spearheaded by the women in the family, Lisa and Lydia Chang. Check out the spicy flounder, dry fried cauliflower, and much more. Order online for pickup on Mama Chang’s website. The restaurant is also on Postmates, UberEats, and DoorDash for delivery.

3251 Old Lee Hwy Ste101
Fairfax, VA 22030

21. Peking Gourmet Inn

6029 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041
The empty dining room at the regal Peking Gourmet Inn in Falls Church
Peking Gourmet Inn
Peking Gourmet Inn [official site]

This historic Falls Church restaurant, a favorite of President George Bush and visited by countless other American leaders, serves up Peking duck, with leeks from its own farm, in an old-school white tablecloth atmosphere. Diners can round out a meal with dishes like black pepper beef or hefty egg rolls. To find even more duck, check out China Wok in Tysons Corner, where a Peking Gourmet alumnus is cooking up the iconic dish with particularly crispy skin. Call the restaurant for carryout orders.

6029 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, VA 22041

22. Yunnan By Potomac Noodle House

814 N Fairfax St, Alexandria, VA 22314
Yunnan By Potomac
Adele Chapin/Eater DC

Try noodles from the Yunnan Province at this new Alexandria restaurant, which serves up bright “comfort food” bowls with mixian rice noodles and toppings like braised beef chunks, pulled chicken, fresh vegetables, and braised tea egg. Order online for takeout or delivery via UberEats.

814 N Fairfax St
Alexandria, VA 22314

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