Cheap Eats 2009: Viet Bistro
Great food, low prices, lots of fun
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Cynthia Hacinli, Ann Limpert, Kate Nerenberg, Rina Rapuano
Comments () | Published June 22, 2009
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: American Idol may be projecting on the front wall, but the spicy, sure-handed cooking at this Eden Center gem doesn’t dish out the generic sweetness so often aimed at stateside palates.

What to get: Hash of clams and scallions with sesame-speckled rice crackers; lacquered quail with lime; caramel pork or pork ribs, the sauce as tangy with vinegar as it is sweet; aromatic lemongrass chicken; spicy Hue-style soup with slices of brisket, pig’s feet, and one scary-hot chili; rice cooked in a clay pot and topped with Chinese sausage or tofu.

Best for: Eaters who aren’t afraid of fiery flavors—or a little pork blood in their soup.

Insider tip: Hot pots—a sort of Vietnamese fondue—with mixed seafood or eel make a nice shareable dish for a small group.

Open Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner.

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