2500 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22201
Neighborhood: Arlington, Arlington, Clarendon/Courthouse
Open Tuesday through Thursday 11 to 10, Friday and Saturday 11 to 11, Sunday 11 to 10.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Clarendon, Court House
Price Range: Inexpensive
Noise Level: Intimate
Reservations: Not Needed
Pork vermicelli, both northern (saltier) and southern (sweeter); banh xeo; fried shrimp-and-yam patties; dill-laced catfish, to be broken into hunks and folded into giant leaves of lettuce; a clay pot of sweet/peppery caramel sauce and bits of catfish; ch
Special Features: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly
Why go: Lots of Vietnamese restaurants offer 100-plus dishes, but none gets as many right as this quiet, white-tablecloth dining room in a Clarendon office building. The kitchen—which also has made our 100 Very Best Restaurants list for the past three years—is masterful with the fryer and deft with rice and noodles, and it turns out salads with perfect precision. Even the lemonade and dessert crepes stand out.
What to get: Golden fritters of yam and shrimp; shredded-pork spring rolls; crunchy banana-flower salad dotted with baby clams; green-papaya salad; anything with grilled pork, such as vermicelli bun, broken rice, or thin noodles fashioned into lettuce wraps; caramel pork and catfish; spicy lemongrass chicken; banana-filled crepe; lemon soda.
Best for: Big, family-style meals (tables seat up to ten); quiet dates or catch-ups.
Insider tip: Skip the pho.
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