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“No rolling carts here - just yummy eats”
Review of A & J Restaurant

A & J Restaurant
Ranked #41 of 450 Restaurants in Rockville
Price range: US$20 - US$40
Cuisines: Chinese
Restaurant details
Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

Bring CASH money only.

No rolling carts here - just great tapa-like dim sum.

How to eat here:
Get seated, receive paper menu + pencil, circle orders, give to server, and wait.

Very simple place with tasty comforting eats.

Feels like we've been coming here for decades. We habitually dine in 2-4 times in a month.

The better half and I share everything we order especially the soup, wide noodle, and rice dishes.

Memorable favorite orders we share:

*1201 Zha Jiang Mian: Wide noodle w/ground pork + bean paste sauce

*3102 Ji Pai Cai Fan: Chinese-style fried chicken on rice

*4104 Cong You Bing: Scallion pancake

*4105 Guo Tie: Pan-fried pork dumpling/pot stickers (8 pieces)

*4109 Zhua Bing: Thousand layer pancake

*5203 Ma La Huang Gua: Cucumbers in hot garlic sauce

*5207 Mao Do Bai Ye: Bean curd skin w/mustard greens + soy bean

*5213 Pao Cai: Pickled cabbage

*5214 Suan Jiang Dou Rou Mo: Pickled long bean w/ground beef

*5301 Lu Dan: Braised egg

*6101 Xiao Mi Zhou: Plain millet + corn congee (rice soup)

And yes, of course I copied the above info from their paper menu :) You're welcome.

Be prepared to wait for a table during prime lunch and dinner hours. That's why we normally arrive for brunch or "linner" (between lunch and dinner).

There's parking on the front, side, and back.

3  Thank Sarah C
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Reviewed 9 August 2016 via mobile

Somewhat a hidden gem in the heart of rockville. Serves good food at a great price. Only draw back is that they only accept cash, no cards what so ever. I always get the braised pork with seasoned egg; bean curd skin and edamame; and potstickers.....good combination for me.

Thank joseph d
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Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

Northern dim sum very different from southern. This chain does northern very well. Have lots of options for vegetarians as well.

Thank RetiredNLuvinIt_11
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Reviewed 17 July 2016 via mobile

A&J is has been a go-to place for is for years, both in Rockville and the Annandale locations. It is a place that is a mainstay in the Asian community and an excellent source for authentic Northern Chinese food. If you are venturing for the first time, ask your server for recommendations. They will be happy to help you. And despite the reviews I've seen here, there are vegetables offered--they
Are on the back page of the menu. Note there is no seafood -- it isn't something that was readily available in land locked Northern China. The soups are amazing. Especially the fried chicken noodle soup and the spicy beef and tendon soups. The soups are large enough to share. Come with cash, and open, exploring mind and an appetite.

Thank Bluzbugg
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Reviewed 20 June 2016 via mobile

A wonderfully Authentic restaurant where no many how many visits, the crowd is majority Chinese. Fill out a paper menu ordering many small dishes and a few main dishes, and be prepared to pay in cash. This venue is superior to their sister location in Annandale, VA, but don't skip the Annandale restaurant on this basis. Go for the pickled cucumbers, noodles, spring onion pancakes, dumplings, soups and more. Luxuriate over a nice variety.

Thank chinesesun
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