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Viet Bistro

6799 Wilson Blvd.
Falls Church, VA 22044

703-538-7575

Neighborhood: Falls Church

Cuisines: Vietnamese

Opening Hours:
Open daily for lunch and dinner.

Price Range: Moderate

Dress: Informal

Noise Level: N/A

Reservations: Not Needed

Best Dishes:
Roast quail; stir-fried rice; caramel pork ribs; stir-fried chicken with pickled cabbage; clay-pot rice dishes—especially number 143; Hue-style spicy soup.

Cheap Eats 2009: Viet Bistro

Great food, low prices, lots of fun

Why go: American Idol may be projecting on the front wall, but the spicy, sure-handed cooking at this Eden Center gem doesn’t dish out the generic sweetness so often aimed at stateside palates.

What to get: Hash of clams and scallions with sesame-speckled rice crackers; lacquered quail with lime; caramel pork or pork ribs, the sauce as tangy with vinegar as it is sweet; aromatic lemongrass chicken; spicy Hue-style soup with slices of brisket, pig’s feet, and one scary-hot chili; rice cooked in a clay pot and topped with Chinese sausage or tofu.

Best for: Eaters who aren’t afraid of fiery flavors—or a little pork blood in their soup.

Insider tip: Hot pots—a sort of Vietnamese fondue—with mixed seafood or eel make a nice shareable dish for a small group.

Open Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner.

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