Recommendation request: Best dim sum in D.C. area & Chinese grocery stores
I am new to this board and to the area, and would appreciate any leads on the best dim sum places in the area (D.C. and suburbs), and a good, comprehensive Chinese grocery store. I just moved to D.C. from NYC, grew up on Southern Chinese cooking, and regularly go out for dim sum with family and friends, so I won't feel fully at home until I figure out where to go around here! I have tried some of the places in D.C.'s Chinatown, including Tony Cheng's, and was not thrilled. I've also seen a number of posts on dim sum, but would be curious to know if previously recommended restaurants are still good, etc. I live in D.C. now, so any recommendations for D.C. Chinatown or MD/VA suburbs would be appreciated! Thanks in advance.
I really enjoy the Dim Sum lunch buffet that is available on weekdays only at the Lucky Three restaurant in Fall Church. I think it's $9.99 but it's a great deal at that price they have most of my favorite Dim Sum items. For $1 extra, you get the clams as well.
There may be those that disagree, so let the flaming begin.
My family and friends will second, third and tenth Oriental East. We really love it and have been going for years. I've never been dissappointed. I recently tried the new Lucky Three dim sum lunch buffet (twice) in Bailey's Crossroads on Rt. 7 and thought it was quite good, definitely better than the Maxim's it replaced, which was awful. There were a lot of other decent selections on the buffet as well, including jook with preserved egg and roast pork. Even if you normally avoid buffets, which I do, give this one a try. They probably have a more extensive selection of dim sum and serve from carts on the weekends, however.
I don't care for Oriental East, but that's just me.
As for grocery stores, my favorite is Super H Mart in Fairfax (I think that's where it is). It's Korean, but they have everything and a huge fish selection (at least on weekends). Lots of people also like Great Wall. I live in Montgomery County, so unless I'm buying a lot, I tend to go to Hung Phat (Thai) in Wheaton or Thai Market in Silver Spring. Duangrat's market in Falls Church is small but good too.
There's probably a dozen threads on this in just the past year.
I think that New Fortune in Gaithersburg and Hollywood East Cafe on the Boulevard in Wheaton are the best. Oriental East is a close second. Avoid Good Fortune.
IMO, none of the places in VA or DC (and I've eaten at ALL of them) measure up to the 3 best in MoCo.
Great Wall Supermarket in Merrifield on Gallows Road. It's HUGE. I go to this place with my cousin for dim sum that is near Eden Center; I think it is called Maxim but I never noticed the name. Really though, I wait until I get to NYC or the West Coast for dim sum -- love Dim Sum Go Go! If you are looking for Metro accesible dim sum, the only place I know if is China Garden in Rosslyn.