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…