Cheap Eats 2007: Fortune -Falls Church
Comments () | Published July 12, 2007

Fortune Chinese Seafood Restaurant
Address: 6249 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church, VA 22041
Phone: 703-538-3333
Neighborhood: Falls Church
Cuisines: Cantonese, Chinese, Dim Sum
Opening Hours: Open Monday through Friday 11 to 11, Saturday and Sunday 10 to 10.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: East Falls Church
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Reservations: Not Needed
Price Details: Appetizers $2.75 to $6.50, entrées $8 to $28.
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Late Night

The first thing you see near the front doors is the bank of seafood tanks. In the big dining room you might catch a Chinese wedding party or other celebration—often a banquet that lasts for hours.

Much of Fortune’s menu is devoted to what’s in the tanks: lobster, crab, geoduck (also known as king clam), and sea scallops. There’s also conch, squid, cuttlefish, oyster, clam, abalone, shrimp, and sea cucumber. This last, sautéed with baby Chinese vegetables, is as fascinating as it is rewarding.

Pay attention to anything “salt baked”—a classic Cantonese preparation that Fortune uses for chicken, pork chops, even frog.

Dim sum is served seven days a week from 11 to 3; arriving early is recommended on weekends. But curb the impulse to reach for the first things that come by—the dim sum menu features around 70 items. Three you shouldn’t miss are the salt-baked geoduck, baked sausage bun, and pan-fried turnip cake.

Open daily for lunch and dinner.

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