Cheap Eats 2011: Rabieng
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Rabieng
Address: 5892 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041
Phone: 703-671-4222
Neighborhood: Falls Church
Cuisines: Thai
Opening Hours: Open Sunday through Thursday 11:30 to 10, Friday and Saturday 11 to 10:30.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Intimate
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Lychee "dumplings"; chicken soup with galangal; shrimp-and-pork dumplings; fried catfish salad with chili and lime; roast pork in red curry; grilled half chicken with lemongrass; coconut-tapioca pudding.
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly

Forget the year of the pig. Culinarily speaking, this has been the decade of the pig. And even if you've tired of bacon tastings and Ibérico ham, you shouldn't miss out on one of the best porcine dishes around, served at this Thai dining room. The red-curry roast pork, bathed in a sauce that's alternately fiery and soothingly creamy, is reason enough to visit. A vegetarian version, with tofu, is also worthy. But the menu is loaded with interesting dishes you might not see elsewhere, including delicate lychee dumplings and decadent plantain fritters. If there's anything to avoid, it's the stuff you usually see, such as pad Thai and green-papaya salad.

Also good: Shrimp-and-pork dumplings; fried-catfish salad; fried flounder or catfish in chili-basil sauce; coconut sticky rice with coconut custard.

Open daily for lunch and dinner.

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