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: An entire restaurant devoted to tofu? Actually, make that tofu soup. But this blond-wood parlor in Little Korea is good enough to seduce the skeptical. The starring soup, with its rich red-pepper broth and custardy squares of house-made tofu, has curative power.
What to get: The soup called soondubu can be customized with oysters, vegetables, and, most memorably, a raw egg to be cracked open atop the roiling broth: Pierce the yolk to enrich and thicken the soup. Among the items beyond soup is a reliable version of bul goki.
Best for: A quiet pick-me-up at lunch or dinner.
Insider tip: Expect to flag down your server repeatedly for water, extra drinks, and even the check.
Open daily for lunch and dinner.
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