East Dumpling House, 12 North Washington St., Suite 14G, Rockville, MD, 301-762-6200, no reservations, opens at 10:30 am (Metro Trip Planner – opens in new window) [Google | Don Rockwell | Yelp reviews | Yelp photos and menu]
Real Beijing street food. Mostly kabobs (with Chinese spices) and dumplings, though the cold dishes are good too. I count 38 different forms of dumpling, including lamb, chicken, mushroom, bean curd and cabbage, and many other options in various combinations and manifestations. Their “Tofu Prime Products” are excellent too. These are the best dumplings around and this place should immediately be considered essential dining. It has no close substitute in this area and in terms of quality and price it is excellent.