Cheap Eats 2010: Gom Ba Woo
100 places that offer great food at low prices.
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Rina Rapuano, Kate Nerenberg
Comments () | Published June 14, 2010
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Gom Ba Woo
Address: 7133 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA 22003
Phone: 703-642-1577
Neighborhood: Annandale
Cuisines: Korean
Opening Hours: Open Monday through Friday 7 AM to 11 PM and Sunday 7 AM to 10 PM.
Kid Friendly: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Van Dorn St., Dunn Loring-Merrifield
Price Range: Moderate
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Intimate
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Steamed dumplings (mandu); seafood pancake; oxtail with green onions; pork-belly barbecue; soondubu; sul leung tang; grilled short ribs; pork with red-pepper sauce.
Price Details: Appetizers $8.95 to $12.95; entrées $7.95 to $27.95.
Special Features:
Kid Friendly

Why go: Amid the all-you-can-eat buffets, barbecue joints, and soup parlors that animate Annandale’s Koreatown, this cozy cafe seems bland by comparison, lacking the charge of its competitors. But it serves up the strongest package: quality, freshness, and value with a warm and gracious smile.

What to get: Steamed dumplings called mandu; the area’s best seafood pancake, a light frittata veined with green onions and studded with shrimp and octopus; spicy pork-belly barbecue; soondubu, a thick, red-pepper soup with a cracked egg; sul leung tang, a broth derived from beef shin bones and festooned with rice cakes, drizzled egg, and strips of beef.

Best for:
A good introduction to the gastronomic glories of Koreatown.

Insider tip: Forgo dessert and head to the nearby Shilla Bakery (7039 Little River Tpk., Annandale; 703-333-2001) for marvelous crullers, sugar-topped doughnuts, and strong coffee.

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