Cheap Eats 2008: Huong Viet
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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.

Why go: This kitchen stands out among the more than 30 restaurants in the Eden Center because instead of doing one or two things well, it gets things right across the board, turning out complex soups, brightly flavored noodle and rice dishes, hot pots that aren’t too sugary, and greaseless crepes and pancakes.

What to get: Crisply fried spring rolls filled with shrimp and pork; a heaping plate of “underdone” shaved beef zinged with lime and cilantro; tiny roasted quail to be sprinkled with fresh lime and dipped in salt and pepper; tamarind-and-shrimp soup; banh xeo, a thin and crisp rice crepe stuffed with bean sprouts, shrimp, and pork that you bundle into a lettuce wrap with mint and cilantro; bowls of vermicelli bun topped with grilled shrimp, beef, or pork; caramel shrimp with a healthy dose of chilies.

Best for: Big groups eating family style; timid and adventurous eaters alike.

Insider tip: Bring cash—the restaurant doesn’t take credit cards, and the nearest ATM is a hike. Drinks—bubble teas, fizzy lemonade—are the thing here, not sweets. Dessert? Head a few doors down to Song Que for airy sponge cake, buttery almond cookies, and imported tropical fruits.

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