Cheap Eats 2010: Huong Viet
100 places that offer great food at low prices.
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Kate Nerenberg, Rina Rapuano
Comments () | Published June 9, 2010
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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: There are Vietnamese restaurants at every turn in the strip-mall maze that is the Eden Center, but this cash-only, wood-paneled dining room is the oldest—and most consistent.

What to get: Lacquered quail with lime/salt dip; delicate pork spring rolls; sweet-and-sour soup with shrimp or fish; lotus-root salad with shrimp and pork; banh xeo, a shrimp-and-bean-sprout-filled crepe to be torn and eaten—like many things on the menu—in a lettuce wrap with fresh herbs and fish sauce; bun, a cool bowl of vermicelli with grilled pork or shrimp.

Best for: More-the-merrier meals—portions are sized for sharing.

Insider tip: Beer is served, but nonalcoholic drinks are the thing here—sparkling lemonade, lychee bubble tea, and Vietnamese coffee.

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