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wildgeese Oct 14, 2013 03:15 PM

Need a great authentic Northern Chinese restaurant in DC or Rockville/Potomac area. We will be celebrating a job placement in Beijing!

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  1. DanielK RE: wildgeese Oct 14, 2013 10:05 PM

    China Bistro and A&J, both in Rockville, will probably fit the bill.

    A&J is northern Chinese and Taiwanese small plates, and China Bistro specializes in Bejing-style dumplings.

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      jmerchlinsky RE: wildgeese Oct 15, 2013 05:38 AM

      A&J's fits the bill with a much broader menu than China Bistro. A&J's actually has a sister restaurant in Beijing. I ate there before I ate at the Rockville branch. Pretty much the same menu, if I recall correctly.

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        Worldwide Diner RE: jmerchlinsky Oct 15, 2013 06:22 AM

        Unless you're going there for brunch on weekends, there's not much northern Chinese food at the small plates dominated A&J. I'm hard pressed to think of a restaurant in the DC area that focuses on Beijing cuisine or northern Chinese food. Many places do northern Chinese brunch (A&J, Joe's Noodles, Michael's Noodles, Bob's Shanghai 66, Shanghai Taste, North China in Bethesda), but that's about it.

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          Steve RE: Worldwide Diner Oct 15, 2013 01:05 PM

          Although A & J is a Taiwanese chain, most everything there fits in exactly with what you can expect from eating in the North of China and Beijing. Heavy emphasis on wheat: noodles, buns, pancakes. Zha jiang mian is a classic Beijjinger dish, and the xian bing is the same dish you'd find in a place like LA's Beijing Pie House.

          Another option is in Arlington, where Hunan Gate has a special dongbei (northeast) menu. Do a search for recommendations. Some very good dishes there, but overall I like A & J better.

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