Cheap Eats 2012: Gom Ba Woo
Pan-fried mandu. Photograph by Scott Suchman.
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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
Cheap Eats 2012

In a Koreatown pulsing with novelty and fusion flair, we return to this quiet, low-key cafe. The panchan, the parade of palate-priming snacks that kicks off a Korean meal, are some of the best around, and the dishes that follow are likely to soothe and excite in equal measure, from the soups (a marvelous galbi tang, a short-rib stew) to the superb seafood pancake (a light frittata laced with scallion and studded with octopus and shrimp) to the delicately wrapped mandu, or dumplings.

Also good: Sul leung tang, a slow-simmered beef soup; kimchee chigae, a spicy stew; a barbecue option of grilled pork belly and grilled kimchee.

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