Peking Gourmet Inn

Over the past year or so I’ve been exploring more of Northern Virginia and it is has finally dawned on me that if your palette years for Eastern flavors then Virginia actually offers a much broader array of options than DC or Maryland.  This is not an easy thing to admit for someone who was born in DC and raised in Maryland but truth is truth, with the exception of a few exceptions, if you want really good, authentic Asian food you have to head down to Virginia.  One of the most notable examples of this disparity is Peking Gourmet Inn, located on Leesburg Pike in Falls Church, Virginia.

Cost – $$

Service – B
I’ve had some crap service at Chinese restaurants but Peking Gourmet is quite the opposite.  We were welcomed when we entered by the host (owner?) who was an extremely friendly, older chap.  He took us to our seats and we were attended on by a pretty decent older woman.  I think she may have tried to up-sell us a bit but I couldn’t tell for sure.  She may have just estimated that I was a pig and needed a lot of food and she would have been right.

Food – A-
Peking Gourmet Inn is known for their duck and on this day they didn’t fail to impress.  It was well prepared and even though it was slightly dry (which I’m told was an aberration) it was still absolutely delicious.  We also had a dish of jumbo shrimp that were fried in some sort of garlic sauce, served with broccoli, which was exceptional and after fighting the urge for about fifteen or twenty minutes I finally gave into my desires and ordered an absolutely unnecessary serving of fried dumplings that I made disappear in minutes.

Design – C+
It is a bit of a shocker to park in the busted Leesburg strip mall and walk through the front doors of Peking Gourmet Inn to find yourself in what is actually a pretty nice (and spacious) establishment.  It isn’t going to win any design awards but hey, if it is good enough for all the politicians and five-star generals whose portraits adorn the walls, then it is good enough.

Feel – B+
I visited Peking Gourmet Inn on a Sunday afternoon and it was packed with an ethnically diverse group of patrons, predominantly families and older couples.  It isn’t really the place you go if you are looking for  a scene however if you are looking to gorge yourself on some of the best Chinese cuisine in the DC area then Peking Gourmet is a safe bet.

Peking Gourmet Inn is located at 6029 Leesburg Pike in Falls Church, VA.  They can be reached at (703) 671-8088.

What’s the Buzz:

September 21, 2008 – Peking Gourmet Inn (Lifestyle of a Yuppie) I went down to D.C. last weekend to visit my friend J. Good times with good food. We tried good restaurants that served fro-yo, tea, South African chicken, Vietnamese noodles but the food highlight of the trip would have to be this restaurant.  Full article…

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4 Responses to “Peking Gourmet Inn”

  1. Colm MacKernan February 4, 2009 at 10:55 am #

    A very bad place to go for an evening meal. I have been there on two occasions. The first time in a party of 4, one very pregnant. Pouring rain there was a scrum of people waiting for their table in the narrow hall — seated at least 1/2 hour late. The service was abrupt and rude. Second time last Sunday — this time we arrived on time and checked in — they said 15 minutes for our table. Huge mob waiting in the narrow door area — 45 minutes later we left for 3 reasons — (1) not seated, no prospect of being seated; (2) they have promised next 4-top, but gave it to someone else (they were making the same false promise to everyone); (3) hostess told use we arrived 15 minutes late, which was simply false. Apologies — hah!

    Beware — their business model is to overbook. The way they work it is visible while you wait — they have a booking list by time slot — 6:00, 7:00, 7:30, 8:00, 8:30, etc. When you arrive they then put your name on a queue sheet for a table — that is a second long list, unless perhaps you are someone whose photo they want to put up on the wall. SO all a reservation gets you is the chance to stand in line like you walked up (remember this is a 1/2 hour drive for most customers.) They really don’t care — there is a crowd waiting, and to go anywhere else requires you to get in your car and drive 15-20 minutes — so people stand and steam and the treatment.

    We were so furious when we left we asked everyone waiting more than 1/2 hour to put up their hand — almost everyone did, then we asked for those waiting 45 minutes — that came to 60%

    This place has become a cult because of the food critics — there are other places as good and with similar pricing in the DC area. In any event, if you need to eat within say 45 minutes to an hour of the planned time, or you are paying a baby-sitter, or you want to go to a movie, avoid this place.

  2. amy a May 10, 2009 at 1:37 am #

    The past 4 times (my mom’s obsessed with their duck) my family has eaten there, we were told that we had to leave by a certain time. Tonight, we ate there to celebrate Mother’s Day and we sat down at 4:30. We were told that we need to be out of there by 6 by our waitress. Who does that? We had reservations! Then when we asked the hostess/assistant manager why they always tell us to leave by a certain time, she proceeded to scream at us! It was unbelievable. Their duck is NOT worth the rude service. We are done with that place.

  3. chinese tea supplier April 26, 2010 at 9:28 am #

    Hey Johnna, I’ll be honest – that is the first time I’ve heard bad things about the service at La Tomate. I’m guessing the service you received was an anomaly.


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