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Cheap Eats 2007: Huong Viet
Comments () | Published July 13, 2007
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Huong Viet
Address: 6785 Wilson Blvd., Falls Church, VA 22044
Phone: 703-538-7110
Neighborhood: Falls Church
Cuisines: Vietnamese
Opening Hours: Open Sunday through Thursday 10 AM to 10 PM; Friday and Saturday 10 AM to 11 PM.
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Shrimp and pork spring rolls; “underdone” shaved beef; lotus root salad with shrimp and pork; roasted quail; tamarind-and-shrimp soup; banh xeo; vermicelli with grilled shrimp, beef, or pork; caramel shrimp; butter-fried frog's legs; grilled beef with lem
Price Details: Appetizers $3.50 to $12.95, entrées $6.95 to $12.95.

You could make a meal of appetizers at this fast-moving, wood-paneled dining room: a fluffy muffin dotted with shrimp and served with fresh herbs and nuoc mam; a tiny roasted quail to dip in lime, salt, and pepper; a bowl of sweet-and-sour-shrimp soup; crispy fried pork rolls; cool and crunchy lotus-root salad. This is one of the most reliably versatile Eden Center kitchens, and you can experiment across the menu without much worry (just bring cash—the place doesn’t take plastic).

You’ll see everyone from middle-aged men sipping glass mugs of coffee to chattering families spread around the cafeteria tables. Going with a group works well—many of the noodle soups can feed four, and while the chili-tinged caramel fish, buttery frog’s legs, and Saigon-style grilled pork chop are all delicious, their flavors lend more to sharing than eating all on your own.

If there’s a caution, it’s about those dishes that lean toward Chinese cooking: They too often drift into generic brown-sauce territory.

Open daily for lunch and dinner.

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