Cheap Eats 2009: Flavors Soul Food
Great food, low prices, lots of fun
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Cynthia Hacinli, Ann Limpert, Kate Nerenberg, Rina Rapuano
Comments () | Published June 22, 2009
Cheap Eats (2009)
Flavors Soul Food
Address: 3420 Carlyn Hill Dr., Falls Church, VA 22041
Phone: 703-379-4411
Neighborhood: Falls Church, Baileys Crossroads
Cuisines: Soul Food, An example of a traditional Southern meal is deep fried chicken, field peas, turnip greens, cornbread, sweet tea and a dessert that could be a pie (sweet potato, pecan and peach are traditional southern pies), or a cobbler (peach, blackberry or mixed berry are traditional cobblers)., American
Opening Hours: Open Tuesday through Friday 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM and 5:30 to 9; Saturday 2 to 9; Sunday 1 to 7.
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Accepted
Best Dishes Fried chicken; fried pork chops; fried whiting and croaker; smoked ribs; smoked-pork-shoulder sandwich; potato salad; candied yams; mashed potatoes.
Price Details: Sandwiches $5.75 to $6.50; dinners $7.95 to $10.95

Why go: Real-deal Southern cooking that nourishes the soul.

What to get: Crusty, perfectly seasoned fried fish and fried chicken; smoky pork barbecue made even better with a shake of hot sauce and house-made pickled-pepper vinegar; black-eyed peas; potato salad crunchy with pickles.

Best for: Homesick Southerners and sports geeks—each of the several TVs at the bar is tuned to a different sports channel.

Insider tip: Why is the chicken so good? Owner/cook Francine Helton salts her birds and lets them sit for half an hour before frying, and once they’re in the pan, there’s no touching or prodding for at least 20 minutes.

Open Tuesday through Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday 2 to 9, Sunday 1 to 7.

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