Cheap Eats 2009: Present
Great food, low prices, lots of fun.
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Cynthia Hacinli, Ann Limpert, Kate Nerenberg, Rina Rapuano
Comments () | Published June 24, 2009
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Present
Address: 6678 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church, VA 22042
Phone: 703-531-1881
Neighborhood: Falls Church
Cuisines: Vietnamese
Opening Hours: Open for lunch Monday through Thursday 11 to 3. Open for dinner Monday through Thursday 5 to 10. Open for lunch and dinner Friday and Saturday 11 to 11, Sunday 11 to 10.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Intimate
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes A hash of clams served in a giant sesame shell; any of the masterful soups, including the Sour Spicy Seafood; a rendition of “shaky” beef called Cow on the Open Field, tossed in a complex and zingy sauce; banh xeo.
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly

Why go: Vietnamese dishes here show a level of detail uncommon for such inexpensive fare, and the plating rivals that of a banquet meal. The dining room echoes the elegance of the cuisine.

What to get: A hash of minced clams, beef, and herbs in a sesame-studded shell; fried spring rolls of house-made rice-thread wrappers filled with shrimp and pork; bun with grilled pork, vermicelli rice noodles, and peanuts; fried bananas with coconut cream.

Best for: Fans of the cooking at the Eden Center’s humbler eateries who crave a romantic backdrop and a bit of pampering.

Insider tip: Servers are well versed about the menu and will demonstrate the best strategy for eating each dish. But they’re also inclined to steer you away from dishes they think you might not be up to.

Open daily for lunch and dinner.

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