Cheap Eats 2007: Four Sisters
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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 9:45 PM.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
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.
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly

Amid the hair salons and groceries, delis and coffee shops at the Eden Center—the nexus of Northern Virginia’s Vietnamese community—you’ll hear plenty of lilting Asian pop music but little English.

Except at this orchid-hued dining room, which has a fluent staff, an American nickname (Four Sisters), translated menus, cloth napkins, and forks on every table. It might not be the most adventurous place in the Eden Center, or the truest to its cuisine’s roots, but there’s much to like.

Shredded green-papaya salad is a staple on Thai and Vietnamese menus, but nobody does it as well as here. The dish of tart, crunchy fruit with zingy lime and chili, cooling mint and peanut, and fat pink shrimp is enough for four to share as a starter. The fried pork spring rolls—better than the shredded-pork version—leave nary a trace of oil on your fingers.

Move on to plates of salt-baked shrimp or soft-shells, or caramelized short ribs with black pepper. If you have a yen for bun—bowls of cool vermicelli topped with fresh herbs and grilled meats—look to the northern-style pork rendition, which has a sweetly rich broth.

Open daily for lunch and dinner.

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