Cheap Eats 2008: Evo Bistro
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Evo Bistro
Address: 1313 Old Chain Bridge Rd., McLean, VA 22101
Phone: 703-288-4422
Neighborhood: Mclean, McLean/Tysons Corner
Cuisines: Spanish/Portuguese, Tapas/Small Plates, Moroccan, Greek/Mediterranean
Opening Hours: Monday through Thursday 11:30 AM to 10 PM; Friday 11:30 AM to 11 PM; Saturday 1 PM to 11 PM; Sunday 11 AM to 9 PM.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Accepted
Best Dishes Clams with chorizo; mussels with shallots; red peppers stuffed with goat cheese in yellow-pepper coulis; fried calamari with smoked-paprika aioli; Evo crepe with lump crab; shrimp in garlic sauce; merguez with olive salad; lamb shank with couscous.
Price Details: Small plates, $5.50 to $12.50; main courses, $19.50 to $40 (for paella for two).
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible, Weekend Brunch, Good for Groups
Scene:
Food Specials
Happy Hour Details:
Monday through Friday, 3:30 PM to 6:30 PM.
Happy Hour Days:
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays

Why go: For the nifty wine dispenser that puts mini-pours from more than two dozen boutique and better-known producers in your glass via a restaurant-supplied debit card. The fun is in mixing and matching tastes with savory Mediterranean small plates.

What to get: Flavorful mussels with shallots; piquillos rellenos, Spanish red peppers stuffed with goat cheese in yellow-pepper coulis; fried calamari with smoked-paprika aïoli; a marvelous toss of clams and spicy bits of chorizo; lump-crab-filled spinach crepe with velvety saffron-vanilla sauce; garlicky sautéed shrimp.

Best for: Lunch with the gang from the office or a tête-à-tête with a friend. Also right for a night out—in the evening, the tiny but stylish space has the feel of a house party.

Insider tip: Desserts are forgettable. Watch the amount on your debit card or you’ll quickly find yourself exceeding the Cheap Eats budget.

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