Cheap Eats 2011: Elephant Jumps
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Cheap Eats 2011
Elephant Jumps
Address: 8110-A Arlington Blvd., Falls Church, VA 22042
Phone: 703-942-6600
Cuisines: Thai
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Business Attire
Noise Level: N/A
Reservations: Not Needed

At a time when local meats and produce are hailed as good for you, fried foods are often dismissed as bad for you. But frying isn't inherently bad--it just takes skill to produce items of delicacy and lightness. That expertise is on display at this Merrifield gem, where many of the best dishes emerge from the fry basket--and end on a stylish white plate or in a martini glass.

Take the crispy salmon, a moist filet encased in a crunchy shell and set on steamed jasmine rice (get it with a cup of sweet, zingy ginger sauce). Or a dish of deep-fried bay scallops tossed with basil, scallions, and red peppers. Or a variation on fishcake that mates fresh-ground fish with curry paste and becomes a sort of savory madeleine--a dunk in the accompanying cucumber sauce doesn't accentuate the flavors so much as activate them.

Also good: Elephant Jumps salad, with shredded apple, roasted coconut, shrimp, lime, and chili; spicy papaya salad; drunken noodles; fried-watercress salad.

Open daily for lunch and dinner.

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