Judging Restaurants – Hunan Dynasty

Hunan Dynasty is located at 215 Pennsylvania Ave SE. Now I’m really curious about this place because on two separate occasions I’ve seen tour buses of Chinese tourists (yes I’m just assuming they were Chinese) go in and it’s making me think this could be really authentic. Alternatively, it could be a tourist trap… You can see their menus here. Any fans? Tourist trap or the real deal?

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  • A lot of members of Congress love this place. Overall not bad.

  • Young Chow across the street is much better and often less crowded.

  • I worked right around there a couple of years ago and loved their lunch specials. Not only were the specials tasty, but they came with rice, egg roll and a large enough portion to be a damn good deal. I also know people who swear by their egg fried rice.

  • It’s my favorite Chinese carry-out place that delivers on the hill and they have really great lunch specials.

  • This restaurant has three things going for it:

    location, location, and location.

    The food is mediocre, the service passable. Still, if a member of Congress or a Senator wants to grab a bite, but may have to be back for a vote with little notice, it’s a short walk to the hill. For that reason, it’s also a good place to spot famous people, if that’s your thing. It’s also better than any of the other non fast-food places over there (a low bar to clear).

    They do have excellent hot and sour soup, though, and I’ll second the lunch specials.

  • It’ll fill you up if you can keep it down. The best part is the really old guy that makes the cocktails. After I orderd my chop suey, the guy asked if I want a mixed drink. I said sure, give me a whiskey sour. He said he didn’t know how to make that but he’d make me an “Eastern Sour.” I said fine. So he goes off and throws a buncha stuff in a shaker and I guess he got distracted, because he sent it to the wrong table. So, in a way, it was a mixed drink but not the way I think he intended. P.S.: parking is nonexistent.

  • Horrible. Worst rendition of Ma Po Dofu that I’ve ever had and the ribs appetizer were more fitting of a BBQ joint. I gave them two tries; never again.

  • I wouldn’t be surprised if Hunan and Young Chow had “special” menus for the buses of Chinese that both places get.

  • Friday lunch special is the best

  • Pretty adventurous tourists to fly half way across the world and eat at a Chinese take out. Reminds me of the dim witted yanks I saw gnawing on big macs in Italy.

  • You can get much better Asian food at Pete’s Diner around the corner on 2nd Street. The specials are best – monday is bulgoki, wednesday is curry chicken, thursdaysalternate between beef rendang and concubine’s beef.

  • We visited a place called Tyson’s Buffet with a Hong Kong friend (strangely enough it was in Rockville, not Tyson’s, on Randolph just off Rockville Pike, or was it Montrose?) for an enormous multi-station Chinese all-you-can-eat buffet. There were at least 4 busloads of Chinese tourists in the big parking lot…I guess people get homesick for familiar food no matter where they are from. Huge, packed dining room. I think we were the only round eyes in the whole place. Big thumbs up, make sure to skip lunch before you go there.

  • I work on the Hill and enjoy Hunan a great deal. My experience with Young Chow has been disappointing, to say the least.

    As a kid who grew up in the SF Bay Area, and is half Chinese, I think I know a thing or two about good Chinese food. That’s not to say that I think Hunan is GOOD, but I think it surpasses a lot of the other options on the Hill.

    For starters, their shrimp dishes are pretty terrible—it doesn’t taste like they clean the shrimps before throwing them into whatever dish.

    However, if you know what to order, Hunan can actually be quite impressive.

    I disagree with Chris’ review about the Mapo. While their Mapo isn’t the best I’ve ever had, I’ve certainly had worse. With the red spicy sauce mixed it, it’s a nice slice of ethnic food to balance out a day typically comprised of mediocre sandwiches and coffee.

    Their Singapore Curry Rice Noodles, are absolutely fantastic. A nice amount of kick, and oodles of tasty curried noodles.

    As noted above, their Hot and Sour is also pretty tasty—and a steal at being just under 3 bucks.

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