Uncle Liu's Hot Pot

2972 Gallows Rd.
Falls Church, VA 22031


Neighborhood: Falls Church

Cuisines: Chinese

Opening Hours:
Open daily for lunch and dinner 11 to midnight.

Nearby Metro Stops: Dunn Loring-Merrifield

Price Range: Inexpensive

Dress: Informal

Noise Level: N/A

Reservations: Not Needed

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Best Dishes:
Half-and-half hot pot with such add-ons as flounder, watercress, beef, fried pork, and enoki mushrooms.

Price Details:
Hot pots, $6 to $10, plus add-ons, $2.95 to $6.95.

Cheap Eats 2010: Uncle Liu's

100 places that offer great food at low prices.

Why go: Chinese hot pots are rare in this area, and the owners of Hong Kong Palace are doing them the Szechuan way. Order the broth and accompaniments and a server will bring over a tabletop burner, cook the food, and warn you not to eat the spicy peppercorns.

What to get: The “half” hot pot, divided between a mild, opaque broth and a spicy soup with floating chilies. Accessorize them with flounder, beef, enoki mushrooms, tofu, and watercress. Of the dipping sauces, chili oil with scallion and cilantro is the standout.

Best for: A fun, shareable meal.

Insider tip: The lunch buffet is cheap ($8.25 weekdays, $10.95 weekends), all-you-can-eat, and extensive—more than 40 dishes and four soups—but if you arrive on the late side, it might be picked over.

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