Cheap Eats 2010: Four Sisters
100 great places that offer great food at low prices.
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Kate Nerenberg, Rina Rapuano
Comments () | Published June 11, 2010
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Four Sisters
Address: 8190 Strawberry Ln. , Falls Church, VA 22042
Phone: 703-539-8566
Neighborhood: Falls Church
Cuisines: Vietnamese
Opening Hours: Open daily 11 AM to 10 PM.
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Shrimp toast; rice-noodle crepes stuffed with minced wild mushrooms; roasted quail with lime-juice-and-pepper “dip”; lotus-root salad; beef-stuffed grape leaves; grilled-pork vermicelli; Vietnamese coffee; lime soda.
Price Details: Appetizers, $3.50 to $9.50; entrées, $6.50 to $26.95.

Why go: Now in its 17th year, the grande dame of the area’s Vietnamese restaurants stands atop a crowded field for its consistency, quality, and freshness. No restaurant is better prepared to introduce a novice to the cuisine. For vets, there’s much to explore and even familiar-sounding dishes are rendered with such care as to seem thrilling and new.

What to get: Thick slices of toast slathered with shrimp paste and thrust under the broiler: simple and irresistible; salty, juicy, lightly caramelized grilled pork with vermicelli; roast quail; ground-beef-stuffed grape leaves, to be garnished with julienned veggies and rolled in warm rice paper; Vietnamese coffee; fresh-made lime soda.

Best for: Celebrations on the cheap.

Insider tip: The 150-plus-item menu doesn’t have many weak spots, but the stir-fries are among them.

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