Brief background: raised in LA but have lived in DC for the past 6 years.
The Cantonese food here is dreadful in DC. I always go out for Cantonese food when I'm back in town. I've had great dim sum and like many chowhounds, I love Elite and Seafood Harbor on Rosemead.
But I've been bitterly disappointed when it comes to Cantonese food for dinner. So what's the word? I need to have a great dinner when I get back next week. In December, I went to Top Island and that was pretty good, obviously much better than anything I'd get in DC but still it wasn't great.
My mom, who should know better, is forever recommending places from ads in the Chinese newspapers. She loves checking out new places, and she's always a sucker for any special deal and/or specialty dish. Problem is that these places have been crap!
Finally, I wish I could say money is no object.... it is. I'm not looking for two buck chuck, but it shouldn't be in the triple digits for a couple of people. I know ordering lots of seafood would be tough.