Lee also recommends the fried pork dumplings at Peking Gourmet Inn, a Chinese institution located in Fairfax. While the restaurant may be best known for its Peking duck, the dumplings are the understated star of the menu. “You cannot start a meal there without ordering the fried pork dumplings, and I love the ritual of the server going around the table, French serving the dumplings individually to each guest,” Lee says. “Then make your own mix of black vinegar and chili oil on your plate, and everything is right with the world.”
How to book: Call 703-671-8088 to make a reservation.