Cheap Eats 2008: Evo Bistro
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Evo Bistro
Address: 1313 Old Chain Bridge Rd., McLean, VA 22101
Phone: 703- 288-4422
Neighborhood: Mclean, McLean/Tysons Corner
Cuisines: Spanish/Portuguese, Tapas/Small Plates, Spices are used extensively in Moroccan food. While spices have been imported to Morocco for thousands of years, many ingredients, like saffron from Tiliouine, mint and olives from Meknes, and oranges and lemons from Fez, are home-grown. Common spices include cinnamon, kamoun (cumin), kharkoum (tumeric), skingbir (ginger), libzar (pepper) , paprika, anis seed, sesame seed, kasbour (coriander), maadnous (parsley), zaafrane beldi (saffron) and mint., Greek/Mediterranean
Opening Hours: Open for lunch Monday through Friday 11:30 to 2:30. Open for dinner Monday through Thursday 5 to 10, Friday and Saturday 5 to 11, and Sunday 5 to 9.
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Accepted
Best Dishes Clams with chorizo; mussels with shallots; red peppers stuffed with goat cheese in yellow-pepper coulis; fried calamari with smoked-paprika aioli; Evo crepe with lump crab; shrimp in garlic sauce; merguez with olive salad; lamb shank with couscous.
Price Details: Small plates, $5.50 to $12.50; main courses, $19.50 to $40 (for paella for two).

Why go: For the nifty wine dispenser that puts mini-pours from more than two dozen boutique and better-known producers in your glass via a restaurant-supplied debit card. The fun is in mixing and matching tastes with savory Mediterranean small plates.

What to get: Flavorful mussels with shallots; piquillos rellenos, Spanish red peppers stuffed with goat cheese in yellow-pepper coulis; fried calamari with smoked-paprika aïoli; a marvelous toss of clams and spicy bits of chorizo; lump-crab-filled spinach crepe with velvety saffron-vanilla sauce; garlicky sautéed shrimp.

Best for: Lunch with the gang from the office or a tête-à-tête with a friend. Also right for a night out—in the evening, the tiny but stylish space has the feel of a house party.

Insider tip: Desserts are forgettable. Watch the amount on your debit card or you’ll quickly find yourself exceeding the Cheap Eats budget.

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