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 2010: Gom Ba Woo

100 places that offer great food at low prices.

Why go: Amid the all-you-can-eat buffets, barbecue joints, and soup parlors that animate Annandale’s Koreatown, this cozy cafe seems bland by comparison, lacking the charge of its competitors. But it serves up the strongest package: quality, freshness, and value with a warm and gracious smile.

What to get: Steamed dumplings called mandu; the area’s best seafood pancake, a light frittata veined with green onions and studded with shrimp and octopus; spicy pork-belly barbecue; soondubu, a thick, red-pepper soup with a cracked egg; sul leung tang, a broth derived from beef shin bones and festooned with rice cakes, drizzled egg, and strips of beef.

Best for:
A good introduction to the gastronomic glories of Koreatown.

Insider tip: Forgo dessert and head to the nearby Shilla Bakery (7039 Little River Tpk., Annandale; 703-333-2001) for marvelous crullers, sugar-topped doughnuts, and strong coffee.

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