Vit Goel ToFu (Lighthouse Tofu and BBQ) - Annandale
4121 Chatelain Rd.
Annandale, VA 22003
Open Monday through Saturday 11 AM to 10 PM; Sunday 11 to 9.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Price Range: Inexpensive
Noise Level: Intimate
Reservations: Not Needed
Soondubu; Korean short ribs; bulgogi.
Special Features: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly
Why go: Tofu soup may not sound like the stuff of cravings, but soondubu, the version at this serene, blond-wood parlor is irresistible. A tiny black cauldron hits the table looking like something out of the witches’ scene in Macbeth. Crack the accompanying raw egg into the pot and let the red-pepper broth, teeming with cubes of custardy tofu, cook the egg, which takes on the consistency of the tofu. Magic.
What to get: Soondubu or soondubu with oysters; sweet and tender barbecue short ribs called galbi.
Best for: A calm respite on a hard day. The place can make you believe that eating a good bowl of soup really is akin to an act of meditation.
Insider tip: The service is the antithesis of pushy; you have to flag your waitress down to get a beer, and it might take a while.
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