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Cheap Eats 2009: Evo Bistro
Great food, low prices, lots of fun
Comments () | Published June 19, 2009
Cheap Eats (2009)

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: Dinner and drinks on a Cheap Eats budget? This convivial McLean wine bar makes it possible with a Mediterranean/Moroccan small-plates menu and a wine dispenser that doles out mini-pours of more than 30 wines.

What to get: Piquillos rellenos, goat-cheese-and-wild-mushroom-stuffed Spanish peppers; fried calamari with smoked-paprika aïoli; grilled lamb sausages with olives and harissa; chicken-leg tagine with green olives and preserved lemon.

Best for: Girls’ night out; date night for parents.

Insider tip: Portions are generous, so you can go easy on the number of plates. And skip dessert—it’s not up to the rest of the meal.

Open Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday and Sunday for dinner.

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