Panda Gourmet, Langdon Days Inn, Facebook, web site, 2700 New York Avenue NE, Washington, DC, just east of Bladensburg Road, NE, 202-636-3588 (Metro Trip Planner – opens in new window) [Google | Don Rockwell | Yelp | Trip Advisor]
It is in a dump of a roadside motel. You must of course ask for the secret Chinese menus, as the Chinese-American fare does not appear to be of interest. They have have a special Shaanxi noodles dish, get it. They have a special Xian dish which you can think of as like a Chinese hamburger, albeit with pork, Rouge Mo. Get it. They have the best Dan Dan noodles this area has seen, ever. Get it. The best cold Chengdu spicy noodles I have had. The best cumin beef of any place around. The spicy fish wasn’t bad, but not up to the other really good Chinese places around here. In any case this is a top drawer Chinese restaurant and for authenticity it is #1 around of all choices.
You will note it is hard to get here, even with a car. If you are driving east on New York Avenue, you will be constrained by a divided road, and you need to make a funny U-turn at the sign for The Washington Times building, and go under an unpromising overpass back to a service road, eventually the move will pay off, if it doesn’t feel wrong you are not doing it right.
MR commenters suggest “turn onto Bladensburg Road going north, and then hanging a right into the parking lot behind the Checkers and driving to the Days Inn through the various parking lots.” and “you will see a ‘Days Inn Entrance’ sign on Bladensburg just behind Hogs on the Hill (which is just behind Checkers).”
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