Cheap Eats 2008: Mark's Duck House
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Mark's Duck House
Address: 6184-A Arlington Blvd., Falls Church, VA 22044
Phone: 703-532-2125
Neighborhood: Falls Church
Cuisines: Cantonese, Chinese
Opening Hours: Open Sunday through Thursday 10 AM to 11 PM, Friday and Saturday 10 AM to midnight.
Price Range: Moderate
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Shrimp-and-pork wonton with brown vinegar and red chili sauces; Peking duck with plum sauce, scallions, and pancakes; salty beef short ribs with chili and garlic; sesame jellyfish; stir-fried greens with or without tofu; steaming noodle soups.

Why go: More than a decade after its debut, this storefront beloved by wine guru Robert Parker remains a standard-bearer of Hong Kong–style Chinese cooking—from the crackling-skinned Peking duck and marvelous lacquered roast pig to a dizzying array of soups, seafood dishes, stir-fries, and esoteric treasures such as sea conch with yellow chives.

What to get: Shrimp-and-pork wonton with brown vinegar and red chili sauces; Peking duck with plum sauce, scallions, and pancakes; salty beef short ribs with chili and garlic; sesame jellyfish; beautifully stir-fried greens such as mustard and watercress with or without tofu; steaming noodle soups.

Best for: A dish-sampling brunch, lunch, or dinner with friends to take advantage of one of the big lazy-Susan tables.

Insider tip: To signal that you want more tea, leave the lid of the teapot open; we like the chrysanthemum tea. If you’re not up for a half-hour wait, avoid peak lunch, dim sum, and dinner hours.

Open daily for lunch and dinner.

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