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Whatever Happened to Hope Kee in Clarendon

catspercapita Aug 20, 2007 05:36 PM

When I visited the D.C. area in the past I went with relatives to the Hope Kee in Clarendon. I've been told that it is now closed . Anybody know if it relocated or changed names? Thanks

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    jkosnett Aug 21, 2007 10:44 AM

    A Thai place took over the space. Mui Kee at Route 50 and Gallows Road has the same kind of food. There are also places called Kee in Wheaton and in D.C.

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    1. re: jkosnett
      sweth Aug 21, 2007 05:31 PM

      "Kee/Key" isn't necessarily a guarantee of a good Chinese place, but it does seem to be a pretty good indicator of more authentic Chinese food; I've been told that Key is a possessive suffix, so it's kind of like going to "Bob's" when you go to one of the Key restaurants, which might explain the more traditional cooking. Full Kee (in Chinatown and Bailey's Crossroads) and Paul Kee (in Wheaton) are good; I'll have to check out Mui Kee.

      Full Kee Restaurant
      509 H St NW, Washington, DC 20001

      Full Kee Restaurant
      5830 Columbia Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041

      Paul Kee Restaurant
      11305 Georgia Ave Ste B, Silver Spring, MD 20902

      1. re: sweth
        sweth Aug 27, 2007 09:17 PM

        jkosnett -- Did you mean "Miu Kee"? I was in the area over the weekend, so I did some exploring, but couldn't find Mui Kee at Gallows & Rte 50, but I did find Miu Kee a little east of there, at Annandale Rd & Rte 50. That turned out to be a pretty good find; the shrimp dumpling & noodle soup was very good, with probably the best shrimp dumplings I've had in the area (although the broth was a little too salty), and the stuffed tofu, eggplant, and green pepper wasn't bad, although it wasn't as good as the version at Hope Key (especially the green peppers--the Miu Kee version used a large mild green pepper like an Poblano, while Hope Key would use a smaller pepper with more of a kick, and H.K. also had a more shrimpy stuffing). But if there's another Kee in the area, I'd love to find that, as well...

        Miu Kee Chinese Restaurant
        6653 Arlington Blvd, Falls Church, VA 22042

    2. d
      dpan Aug 20, 2007 06:31 PM

      Hope Key has been gone many years now, the restaurant probably lost its lease when Clarendon was yuppified. As far as I know it has not relocated.

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