Cheap Eats 2010: Uncle Liu's
100 places that offer great food at low prices.
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Kate Nerenberg, Rina Rapuano
Comments () | Published June 9, 2010
Cheap Eats 2010
Uncle Liu's Hot Pot
Address: 2972 Gallows Rd., Falls Church, VA 22031
Phone: 703-560-6868
Neighborhood: Falls Church
Cuisines: Chinese
Opening Hours: Open daily for lunch and dinner 11 to midnight.
Nearby Metro Stops: Dunn Loring-Merrifield
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: N/A
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Half-and-half hot pot with such add-ons as flounder, watercress, beef, fried pork, and enoki mushrooms.
Price Details: Hot pots, $6 to $10, plus add-ons, $2.95 to $6.95.

Why go: Chinese hot pots are rare in this area, and the owners of Hong Kong Palace are doing them the Szechuan way. Order the broth and accompaniments and a server will bring over a tabletop burner, cook the food, and warn you not to eat the spicy peppercorns.

What to get: The “half” hot pot, divided between a mild, opaque broth and a spicy soup with floating chilies. Accessorize them with flounder, beef, enoki mushrooms, tofu, and watercress. Of the dipping sauces, chili oil with scallion and cilantro is the standout.

Best for: A fun, shareable meal.

Insider tip: The lunch buffet is cheap ($8.25 weekdays, $10.95 weekends), all-you-can-eat, and extensive—more than 40 dishes and four soups—but if you arrive on the late side, it might be picked over.

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