Flavors Soul Food

3420 Carlyn Hill Dr.
Falls Church, VA 22041


Neighborhood: Falls Church, Baileys Crossroads

Cuisines: Soul Food, Southern, American

Opening Hours:
Open Tuesday through Friday 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM and 5:30 to 9; Saturday 2 to 9; Sunday 1 to 7.

Price Range: Inexpensive

Dress: Informal

Noise Level: Chatty

Reservations: Not Accepted


Best Dishes:
Fried chicken; fried pork chops; fried whiting and croaker; smoked ribs; smoked-pork-shoulder sandwich; potato salad; candied yams; mashed potatoes.

Price Details:
Sandwiches $5.75 to $6.50; dinners $7.95 to $10.95

Special Features: Kid Friendly, Good for Groups

Cheap Eats 2009: Flavors Soul Food

Great food, low prices, lots of fun

Why go: Real-deal Southern cooking that nourishes the soul.

What to get: Crusty, perfectly seasoned fried fish and fried chicken; smoky pork barbecue made even better with a shake of hot sauce and house-made pickled-pepper vinegar; black-eyed peas; potato salad crunchy with pickles.

Best for: Homesick Southerners and sports geeks—each of the several TVs at the bar is tuned to a different sports channel.

Insider tip: Why is the chicken so good? Owner/cook Francine Helton salts her birds and lets them sit for half an hour before frying, and once they’re in the pan, there’s no touching or prodding for at least 20 minutes.

Open Tuesday through Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday 2 to 9, Sunday 1 to 7.

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