It can be tricky to sift through the maze of carryouts in DC. They are invariably pretty sketchy and some are downright awful, but if you know where to look, there are some hidden gems. Johnny’s Carryout is in many ways very typical. It’s not the cleanest-looking, there’s bullet-proof glass and the menu is miles long, with a massive array of Chinese dishes, cheesesteaks that they tout as the “world’s best” (just tell that to someone from Philly), fried chicken, and fried fish.
I ordered vegetable lo mein, which was pretty standard but well-priced at $6 for a large portion. It wasn’t anything particularly special, but it did have a good assortment of vegetables, including baby corn, broccoli, mushrooms, carrots and snap peas. However, the reason this place gets 4 stars is their Chinese sugar donuts, which are basically fried dough dusted with sugar. They’re simple but absolutely delicious and at $3.50 for 10 pieces, it’s a great deal.