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Cheap Eats 2008: Viet Bistro
Comments () | Published June 1, 2008
Cheap Eats (2009)
Viet Bistro
Address: 6799 Wilson Blvd., Falls Church, VA 22044
Phone: 703-538-7575
Neighborhood: Falls Church
Cuisines: Vietnamese
Opening Hours: Open daily for lunch and dinner.
Price Range: Moderate
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: N/A
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Roast quail; stir-fried rice; caramel pork ribs; stir-fried chicken with pickled cabbage; clay-pot rice dishes—especially number 143; Hue-style spicy soup.

Why go: The Sputnik-style light fixtures and vaguely outer-space theme lend the feel of a kitschy nightclub, but the kitchen is serious and ambitious, turning out classics (rice crepes, caramel pots) and seldom-seen regional plates, all intensely flavored and satisfying.

What to get: Crisp-skinned roast quail; stir-fried rice with bits of chewy Chinese sausage and egg; caramel pork ribs with salt and pepper; pungent stir-fried chicken with pickled cabbage; clay-pot rice dishes—especially number 143, with vegetables and tofu; earthy, Hue-style spicy soup with slices of beef, pigs’ feet, and pork-blood gelatin.

Best for: Culinary adventurers who don’t want to sacrifice the comforts of more mainstream Vietnamese places, such as English-speaking servers who can describe dishes and point you in the right direction.

Insider tip: Less well known than Eden Center standbys Huong Que and Huong Viet, the Bistro is often easier to get into. But Sunday is family day, and the dining room fills up.

Open daily for lunch and dinner.

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