If you live in the DMV and haven’t tried Peking Gourmet Inn yet, you are seriously missing out. Located in Falls Church, VA, they serve the best peking duck you’ll ever taste. Although they specialize in the aforementioned dish, their traditional northern-style Chinese plates are just as tasty. Their walls are covered with photos of famous patrons – think presidents in addition to celebrities – and their restaurant’s impeccably clean. They’ve been open since 1978 so you know that their food is good. No place can stay open for that long unless they are killing it, and trust us, Peking Gourmet Inn is KILLING it.
We started our meal off with a whole peking duck ($43), but half portions are also available for those of you interested. Each order is carved up tableside by a skilled pro and is served with 12 homemade pancakes, freshly grown spring onions – when we say “fresh,” we mean fresh, like they harvest them from their own farm in Purceville, VA – and hoisin sauce made in-house. You can get sliced cucumbers for a small additional fee, but their spring onions are free so we never do. Make sure you ask for hot peppers on the side. They’re super hot but hella flavorful so they’ll elevate your rolled bundle of magic tenfold.
Oh yassss, just look at that juicy goodness. Take a piping hot pancake, swipe some hoisin on it, put in duck, hot peppers, green onions, and enjoy the ensuing foodgasm.
The hot peppers we told you about above.
In addition to the duck, we got their 5 spice beef to share, and it was ridiculously tasty – hands down, one of the best dishes we’ve had there. The meat just melted in our mouths, and we loved that it came with sautéed mushrooms + steamed bokchoy – a definite must-try for spice-lovers everywhere! If you want something a bit less hot, go with their jeo-yen shrimp ($24) or szechuan beef proper ($19). Although they’re on the pricier side, both dishes are standouts so they’re easily worth the money. Peking Gourmet Inn offers more affordable options as well, but they’re not as special in our opinion – think typical Chinese-American dishes that are still tasty but nothing to write home about.
The tea here’s free – it’s quality tea, too – and they serve yummy fried rice (with egg and peas, no soy sauce though) with entrees so definitely look forward to that. They get crazy busy on weekends and weeknights so you’ll need to call ahead and make a reservation, but lunch usually isn’t too bad. Also, they have a fairly large lot out front so parking’s easy peasy. Anywho, that’s it for today nomsters! We hope you hurry over to Peking Gourmet Inn soon to try the best peking duck you’ll ever have.