Cheap Eats 2011: Huong Viet
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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

This cash-only dining room might look more like a Midwestern beer hall than an Eden Center restaurant, but the kitchen is true to its Vietnamese roots.

It's especially deft with salads, such as green papaya, lotus root, and rare beef. The shrimp-stuffed bánh xèo crepe, bundled into lettuce wraps with herbs and dunked in fish sauce, makes a good share--most dishes are meant to be eaten that way--and soups, such as a tangy tamarind broth with shrimp, are a nice meal for one.

Look to servers for help with unfamiliar dishes. They'll readily demonstrate, say, how to make the lime-salt-and-pepper dip that perks up sweetly lacquered roasted quail. To drink, there's fresh lemonade and a roster of fabulous bubble teas.

Also good: Spring rolls; grilled beef with lemongrass; caramel shrimp; vermicelli bun with spring rolls and grilled pork.

Open daily for lunch and dinner.

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