Gom Ba Woo

7133 Columbia Pike
Annandale, VA 22003


Neighborhood: Annandale

Cuisines: Korean

Opening Hours:
Open Monday through Friday 7 AM to 11 PM and Sunday 7 AM to 10 PM.

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 2009: Gom Ba Woo

Great food, low prices, lots of fun

Why go: An anomaly in Little Korea: a ten-table mom-and-pop that boasts no signature dish or theme and steers clear of any entreaties to the much-coveted youth demographic. It’s content to let its quiet excellence speak for itself.

What to get: Steamed dumplings called mandu; seafood pancake, a scallion-veined frittata studded with octopus and shrimp; soondubu, spicy tofu soup with oysters; spicy pork-belly barbecue; sul lung tang, the Korean version of Vietnamese pho—long-simmered beef broth garnished with chewy rice cakes, egg, and scallions.

Best for: Anyone intent on giving Korean food a try. Or another try.

Insider tip: Appetizers and entrées are large, so splitting is the way to go. Take advantage of the panchan, the array of small dishes that precedes a Korean meal; it includes some of the freshest, liveliest kimchee around.

Open daily for lunch and dinner.

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