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Best Chinese Food for Delivery?

by Prince Of Petworth October 21, 2016 at 2:20 pm 67 Comments


“Dear PoPville,

What are your recommendations for the best Chinese food that has a delivery option? I live in NW and have had a hard time finding something solid. Best I’ve found so far is New Dynasty on P Street (but very pricey). Any recommendations, whether it’s in NW or any other area that has a wide delivery range, would be incredibly helpful!”

  • Sheik Yerbouti

    Great Wall on 14th St. is pretty good.

    • Colhi

      +1 The Ma La menu is fantastic. Some of the more standard Chinese dishes aren’t anything to write home about but the Ma La is amazing.

      • Nathan

        Just had the Ma La beef for the first time last week. Amazing!

      • Truxton Thomas

        The Great Wall’s Szechuan menu has been the only legitimate source of good Chinese food I’ve experienced here, though I’ve never done City Lights or Panda Gourmet on NY Ave.

        • prgkmr

          I prefer the legit chinese at schezuan pavillion over great wall any day.

    • Randal

      +1. Best Chinese in the city

    • Ilana

      Great Wall is definitely great, but 14th Street Asian Bistro which just opened across the street might be even better. Their food feels less oily while still being really delicious.

  • AJ

    Meiwah is by far the best Chinese I’ve had delivered in NW. Not cheap though to be honest

  • anyoneofus

    Mr. Chens on Connecticut/Calvert.

    • Anon

      I find their food to be bland, TBH.

    • James

      Terrible food and delivery takes forever.

  • tacopuss

    Ironically, the restaurant in your picture – Mayflower on Mt Pleasant – doesn’t deliver!

    • However it did have a sign that says Chinese Food which is simply the best :)

  • LP

    Eddie’s Cafe on Calvert in Woodley Park!

  • hilleasty

    Hill east opinions anyone? I have not ordered in Chinese yet over here but I have had a few different thai places.

    • SMGC

      Szechuan House is very solid Americanized Chinese. i live by h st and it’s my go-to.

    • KH

      Hong Kong Carryout

      Best hands down-cash only though

      • Former Hill Easter

        Second HK Carryout! Note consistent decent delivery is hard to come by in this area.

      • Kingman Park It


        Consistently good food, and they almost always deliver within 20-25 minutes.

    • K

      We recently moved out of that neighborhood but our go to spots for many years were Szechuan House and Hunan Dynasty.

    • anon

      Young Chow, it is amazing.

      • Kingman Park


    • Hill Denizen

      What’s been your favorite Thai? I usually default to Sanphan or Royal Thai if I want drunken noodle, but interested if there are other good ones.

      • hilleasty

        It’s Sanphan now that Nana thai closed. I also really liked Sala Thai the one time I have ordered it. Nooshi has thai fusion food which I think is pretty good but pricy. Kruba thai I am not a big fan of their thai food but they have really good sushi, I actually think their sushi menu is better than most places I have been (toasted salmon is so good).

        • Jojo

          RIP NANA THAI

      • Anon H St

        Imm Thai is really good

        • Mickey’s BFF


      • Former Hill Easter

        Thai Orchid Kitchen. Dont let the fact it’s located on the other side of Penn Ave SE (2200 block) deter you.

        • Sarah Wides

          love thai orchid!

  • Ashy Oldlady

    Aside from Mr. Chen’s, who delivers to the Woodley/Cleveland Park and doesn’t suck? I’ve been getting delivery from Dumplings and Beyond in Glover Park lately, but they’re really expensive for what you get and the quality has gone downhill lately. I’ve had enough bad experiences with Mr. Chen’s that I’m done with them. It’s a shame, because they used to be really good.

  • Brett M

    I second Meiwah. City Lights is also one of my favorites.

  • JY

    Dannies on upshur is my all time favorite. Though won’t deliver to me anymore (near safeway in Adams Morgan) which is a awful. Wok & Roll is really good though too.

    • Egad

      I love both the shrimp wonton noodle soup and duck noodle soup from Wok & Roll. It’s a solid choice.

    • EnPetworth

      What is good at Dannies? We live near and none of our neighbors (both long timers and new comers say they eat there)

      • samanda_bynes

        shrimp egg foo young, the yat, the singapore rice noodles, the beef and broccoli, the egg rolls, and the dumplings are all dank.

  • Nathan

    Meiwah and Great Wall are our go-to’s. Though neither deliver to Bloomingdale w/o going through a Grubhub/Seamless, etc. Have tried the places closer that did deliver and wasn’t really impressed. Lately now we just grab a cocktail on 14th and pickup Great Wall for takeout.

  • Liz

    City Lights of China is my go-to, followed by Mei Wah.

    • nathaniel

      city lights is the correct answer

    • AMDCer

      Agreed – City Lights is my go-to.

  • TX2DC

    Hong Kong in Petworth. Their General Tso’s bean curd (tofu) is pretty tight.

  • ero

    14th Cafe Restaurant in Logan is awesome!

  • jim_ed

    Keeping in mind that none of these exactly set the world on fire, in the northern reaches of Petworth I rank them: 1. Hong Kong Carryout 2. George’s 3. Dannie’s.
    Twin Dragon is pretty terrible overall, but worth going to once to say you’ve tried their novelty sized egg rolls.
    George’s by far has the best chicken wings if that’s your jam.

    • TinkerTaylor

      Novelty sized in which direction? AA battery sized or Chipotle burrito sized? Very curious about this.

      • jim_ed

        More Taco Bell Burrito Supreme size, but they certainly seem to weigh about the same as a Chipotle burrito

        • samanda_bynes

          twin dragon is passable, but agreed with every other choice. Hong Kong is a+, George’s as well. We live on Kennedy and 3rd, so it’s not a bad epicenter for carryout.

  • Folks, I’ve tried all the places listed in the comments above, and I live in Logan right next to great wall and the Asian cafe bistro (both pretty bad imho unless you are into strange numbing spices)… Take my word that Sichuan Pavilion on K street is the real deal, best kung pow and everything is solid. I can’t get Chinese anywhere else as a result, it’s gotta be Sichuan

    • ero

      If by strange numbing spices do you mean authentic Chinese Szechuan spices? Because if that’s what you’re after, then yes, Asian Cafe Bistro is your spot. If you want American Chinese food though, then Asian Cafe Bistro probably isn’t for you.

      • Truxton Thomas

        I believe it’s Szechuan chili oil.

    • prgkmr

      Agree completely- sichuan pavilion is the best by far… so amazing! Great wall was way overloaded with the numbing spice to the point that your whole mouth was numb and couldn’t taste anything. Sichuan pavillion is spciy, garlicy and favorful without overly numbing.

  • Irving Streete

    Pretty much all the Chinese places inside the District line are mediocre at best. Great Wall is vastly overrated — a one trick pony who whose one trick is fatty and gloppy — Meiwah hasn’t been particularly good for a decade, City Lights for two decades and a recent trip to Banana Leaves was sadly disappointing. Panda Gourmet is pretty decent, but doesn’t deliver and is way out of the way for many of us. We tried Dong Ha Pao (new joint on 14th) and it showed promise, but I’m not sure it delivers.

    “…(unless you are into strange numbing spices)… Take my word that Sichuan Pavilion on K street is the real deal, best kung pow and everything is solid. I can’t get Chinese anywhere else as a result, it’s gotta be Sichuan”

    Dude, to each his own, but you can’t talk claim to love Sichuan and then denigrate the sichuan peppercorns that make it distinctive, and you can’t call something “the real deal” and then praise a completely inauthentic (though, delicious) dish like Kung Pao.

    • Truxton Thomas

      Yeah, I agree with this. I think the reality is if you want consistently legit Chinese food around here, you have to get out to the ‘burbs, which is a shame.

    • Marc

      Kung Pao Chicken — my pinyin ain’t great but it’s something like Gong Bao Ji Ding — is absolutely an authentic Chinese dish. I had it many places in China. The better place to buy it in the DC region, by far, is Hong Kong Palace, which you can get to by taking a bus to Seven Corners from Rosslyn or Courthouse Metro stations. I’ve had the food at Sichuan Pavilion, and while they typically do twice-cooked pork and Ma Po Tofu and cumin lamb a bit better, I prefer HKP overall for authentic Chinese food, by a wide margin. It is in the ‘burbs, but you don’t need a car to get there.

      • ChenChen

        +1 I love authentic kung po chicken.

    • Egad

      +1 – Sichuan Pavilion is fantastic!

  • pb1

    You can have another answer besides Meiwah, but you would be incorrect.
    Sichuan Pavilion is good as well but both require using a delivery service like Door Dash.

    As a rule of thumb, the further away from Chinatown it is, the better the quality.

  • anonymouse_dianne

    I like Mei Wah. I used to live around the corner from them. When I was having my kitchen redone and stop in and get take out – they have an area dedicated to take out. It was also a big favorite of the Clinton’s, even after they moved out of the White House. So I imagine in Jan 2017 it will be hopping again!

  • John

    Peking Express, or whatever it’s called (in the basement on U Street) is surprisingly good.

    • U Streeter

      I actually agree. Although they don’t do my fav (white meat General Tsos) very well, which is a bummer

  • Lena

    Dumplings & Beyond in Glover Park (NW) is by far my favorite in the city for authentic Chinese dumplings (through premium delivery service Doordash if you aren’t in their 2 mile radius). I like Great Wall for their ma la chicken and szechuan boiled fish dishes but haven’t tried their delivery. Chao ku is pretty decent also – especially for their meats platter (would call this Chinese fusion rather than Chinese American).

  • anon50

    Go with consistency and value — North Sea in Adams Morgan (they also own Young Chow on the Hill). Where else can you get a pint of ben & jerry’s and tsingtao delivered with your meal?

  • DCinDC111

    Îs the Meiwah location in Friendship Heights good too?

  • bob

    Eastern Carryout

  • Anon

    The answer is Meiwah by a mile. And they have a huge delivery range. But you have to put up with their 1994 system of rubbing your credit card at the door — SO ANNOYING. And the woman that answers the phone (since 1994!) is a pain in the ass.

  • RBlackDC

    For the Cleveland Park area, my go-to is Spring Garden, on Wisconsin, just north of Fessenden. Highly recommend the Lake Tung Ting shrimp!!!

  • PettyShabazz

    Little China Cafe was my go-to for authentic bullet proof glass chinese, best general tsos out there, and their delivery was fast

  • anon

    Shanghai Lounge on Wisconsin Ave is great!

  • xminustdc

    I’m partial to 14th Asian Cafe Bistro.

    Mr. Chen’s used to be our go-to, but I got food poisoning from there once and never looked back– even before that happened, the quality of their food seemed to tank. Delivery also takes from 1 to 2 hours, which is absurd. Mei Wah isn’t awful, but it’s pretty much on par with most of the Chinese restaurants in the area.


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