Best Dim Sum Not in the Suburbs

Da Hong Pao
1409 14th St. NW, (202) 846-7217
Photograph by Darrow Montgomery
This unpretentious Chinese restaurant has changed 14th Street, long since saturated with tapas bars. Unlike at those establishments, “small plates” do not begin to describe the experience at Da Hong Pao, which opened last July and serves the most scrumptious dim sum this half-Asian reporter can find within the District proper. Roast pork buns (cha siu bao)? Check. Shrimp and vegetable dumplings (shumai)? Check. Egg tarts (dan tat)? Don’t get me started. I could rest my head and fall asleep on the pan-fried taro and turnip cakes. Speaking of, be sure to make plenty of time for a nap after eating to your heart’s content.