First, I'd like to say how welcoming the staff is. Long's is run by a woman who does it all. She cooks, busses tables, answers the phone, takes orders, you name it. Plus she's friendly, and downright gorgeous.
Yesterday she was making the XLB, on their menu "steamed pork buns." I'm new to this world of the soup dumpling, but they are life altering. I've tried several around town, and they're always a letdown after Long's. The beautiful thin wrappers, with a magical strength. I will never understand how something so lucious and tender doesn't fall apart when you pick it up with chopsticks, but it doesn't. The broth is ample; light, and rich at the same time, around a te der morsel of pork. The best.
The beef rolls are great, too. We've tried them elsewhere, but they're greasy and bland. The roll has a lovely chew to it, and isn't greasy at all. The beef is salt cured and flavourful, and is perfect with the hoisin and cilantro. The pea shoots are fresh and garlicky.
We usually try a different entree each time. None have ever been super memorable. She recommended the tan tan noodles, which were okay, but I have never much liked that dish anywhere. The noodles were great, though. Also I prefer the overly salty, overly sour hot and sour soup of bad Chinese American restaurants, so though long's wasn't my favourite, I blame my palette.