Cheap Eats 2009: Huong Viet
Great food, low prices, lots of fun
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Cynthia Hacinli, Ann Limpert, Kate Nerenberg, Rina Rapuano
Comments () | Published June 22, 2009
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Huong Viet
Address: 6785 Wilson Blvd., Falls Church, VA 22044
Phone: 703-538-7110
Neighborhood: Falls Church
Cuisines: Vietnamese
Opening Hours: Open Sunday through Thursday 10 AM to 10 PM; Friday and Saturday 10 AM to 11 PM.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Shrimp and pork spring rolls; “underdone” shaved beef; lotus root salad with shrimp and pork; roasted quail; tamarind-and-shrimp soup; banh xeo; vermicelli with grilled shrimp, beef, or pork; caramel shrimp; butter-fried frog's legs; grilled beef with lem
Price Details: Appetizers $3.95 to $15.95, entrées $7.95 to $23.95.
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Good for Groups

Why go: This cash-only, cafeteria-like restaurant, approaching a quarter century in the Eden Center, offers a culinary tour of Vietnam, from familiar wonton soup to intriguing pork blood with bean sprouts and sweet leeks.

What to get: Cha gio, fried spring rolls stuffed with pork, cellophane noodles, and carrots; salad of chilled shrimp and pork tossed with shredded pickled carrots, lotus root, and crispy shrimp toasts; charbroiled pork-paste balls to be rolled in rice crepes with vermicelli, mint, and cilantro and then dipped in peanut sauce; sweet-and-sour shrimp soup with pineapple and fresh tomato.

Best for: Group exploration—many dishes are best eaten family style.

Insider tip: Overwhelmed by the 160-plus dishes on the menu? The gracious servers are happy to pick for you.

Open daily for lunch and dinner.

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