Cheap Eats 2013: Gom Ba Woo
Quick reviews of ethnic cuisines you can experience for less than $25 a person, tax and tip included.
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Jessica Voelker, Anna Spiegel
Comments () | Published August 18, 2013
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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

This quiet cafe with pottery and hanging plants is a far cry from the karaoke crowd’s preferred party spots. The mandu (dumplings) are a must; both steamed and fried versions get punched up by flavor-packed beef fillings. Skip the soft-tofu stew—its powdery cubes made us miss the custardy clouds anchoring the excellent version of the soup called soondubu. Opt for beef stew with noodles or sweet bulgogi-and-lettuce wraps.

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