Cheap Eats 2010: Rabieng
100 places that offer great food at low prices.
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Kate Nerenberg, Rina Rapuano
Comments () | Published June 15, 2010
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Address: 5892 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041
Phone: 703-671-4222
Neighborhood: Falls Church
Cuisines: Thai
Opening Hours: Open Sunday through Thursday 11:30 to 10, Friday and Saturday 11 to 10:30.
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Intimate
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Lychee "dumplings"; chicken soup with galangal; shrimp-and-pork dumplings; fried catfish salad with chili and lime; roast pork in red curry; grilled half chicken with lemongrass; coconut-tapioca pudding.

Why go: This kitchen honors northeastern Thailand, where spicy is more prized than sweet (rice helps ease the burn). And though Rabieng is considered more rustic than its sibling, Duangrat’s, you’ll still find gracious servers in blue-and-gold silks, a serene dining room, and desserts presented in martini glasses.

What to get: Warm spiced cashews; “dumplings” of lychees filled with pork; chili-heavy versions of shrimp cocktail, catfish salad, and green-papaya salad; fried cod in relatively mellow red-chili sauce; roast pork in bracing red curry; pad Thai; sliced mango with sweet sticky rice; Kahlúa Eskimo, a coffee sundae with whipped cream and roasted peanuts.

Best for: Quiet, quick dinners; weekend lunch (there’s a fun Thai dim sum menu).

Insider tip: Diners sensitive to spiciness can ask the kitchen to tone it down—or turn it up.

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