Wing Hoe opens regularly at 11:30 a.m., but customers are seated and eating before the lights come on in this popular Edgewater restaurant. Maybe they're afraid that if they come later, the place will be all out of shrimp. After all, it is a key ingredient in a ton of the dishes here. Appetizers include shrimp toast, shrimp balls and fried shrimp. Entrees range from shrimp with a slew of exotic sauces to shrimp paired with peanuts, walnuts or cashews. Even the won ton soup is served with three cloud-like, shrimp-stuffed dumplings. If crustaceans aren't your thing, the menu boasts meats from the land as well (beef, poultry and pork). It also has a section devoted to vegetables, so you won't have to exclude your vegetarian friends.
An average entree costs around $10, but if you're on a budget, check out the soups and appetizers. With nine varieties of soup (from chicken noodle to tofu) at $2.15 per bowl, the only dilemma here is deciding which one sounds best. Two hearty, homemade egg rolls fried to perfection (stuffed with cabbage, bean sprouts and shrimp) and a steaming 16 ounces of hot and sour soup will set you back only $6; the combination will keep your wallet and your stomach full. Wing Hoe also offers American-inspired chop suey and family-style dinners complete with appetizer, entree and dessert. And for a small delivery fee ($1.50), you can have it all in your pajamas.
Average cost: <$10
Centerstage Reviewer: Stacy Warden