8190 Strawberry Ln.
Falls Church, VA 22042
Neighborhood: Falls Church
Open daily 11 AM to 9:45 PM.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Price Range: Inexpensive
Noise Level: Chatty
Shrimp toast; rice-noodle crepes stuffed with minced wild mushrooms; roasted quail with lime-juice-and-pepper “dip”; lotus-root salad; beef-stuffed grape leaves; grilled-pork vermicelli; Vietnamese coffee; lime soda.
Appetizers, $3.50 to $9.50; entrées, $6.50 to $26.95.
Special Features: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly
Why go: This pretty Vietnamese dining room might not be the place for daring foodies to venture beyond, say, curried frog’s legs, but the gracious service and skilled, wide-ranging kitchen keep crowds happy.
What to get: Shrimp-stuffed garden rolls; fried-pork spring rolls; a standard-setting green-papaya salad with shrimp and pork; a soothing soup of pork, fresh tofu, and chives; sautéed clams with sesame crackers; vermicelli bun with charred pork; caramelized short ribs; sparkling Vietnamese lemonade.
Best for: A group craving a good pho, bun, and hotpot all on one table; newcomers to Vietnamese cuisine (there are forks next to the chopsticks at every place setting).
Insider tip: The restaurant plans to move this summer from the Eden Center to the new Merrifield Town Center (8190 Strawberry La., Falls Church; 703-539-8566).
Open daily for lunch and dinner.