China Star

We tried China Star after reading Tyler Cowen’s description, although we tend to eat more Cantonese than Szechuan. Come here if you like spicy food, although they do have less-spicy dishes, too.
The scallion chili chicken is excellent. You can order it with bone left in or bone taken out. We recommend bone left in for more flavor, although bone taken out will be a bit easier to eat.

Szechuan chili chicken (with bone left in)
Szechuan chili chicken (with bone left in)

The scallion fried fish is also excellent. Although the spicy chicken may look hotter, the fried fish was the spicy dish.
Szechuan scallion fried fish
Szechuan scallion fried fish

Whenever we go to a new Szechuan restaurant, we always order the ma pao tofu. The standard against which we judge ma pao tofu is that served at Wu Liang Ye in NYC. While this dish is very good at China Star, it is not as good as the ma pao tofu at Wu Liang Ye.
Sma pao tofu
ma pao tofu

Final note: the staff at China Star are among the friendliest we have ever encountered at a Chinese restaurant, anywhere.
China Star, web site, 9600 Main Street (Route 236), Fairfax, VA, 703-323-8822 (in Fair City Mall, the same shopping center as Kinko’s and Cinema Arts Theatre) [Tyler Cowen | Washingtonian | WaPo | City Paper | Don Rockwell | openlist | Citysearch]

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