Elephant Jumps

8110-A Arlington Blvd.
Falls Church, VA 22042


Neighborhood: Falls Church

Cuisines: Thai

Opening Hours:
Monday through Thursday, 11 AM to 10 PM; Saturday 11:30 AM to 10:30 PM; Sunday 11:30 AM to 9:30 PM.

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Price Range: Inexpensive

Dress: Informal

Reservations: Not Needed


Special Features: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Delivery

Cheap Eats 2011: Elephant Jumps

At a time when local meats and produce are hailed as good for you, fried foods are often dismissed as bad for you. But frying isn't inherently bad--it just takes skill to produce items of delicacy and lightness. That expertise is on display at this Merrifield gem, where many of the best dishes emerge from the fry basket--and end on a stylish white plate or in a martini glass.

Take the crispy salmon, a moist filet encased in a crunchy shell and set on steamed jasmine rice (get it with a cup of sweet, zingy ginger sauce). Or a dish of deep-fried bay scallops tossed with basil, scallions, and red peppers. Or a variation on fishcake that mates fresh-ground fish with curry paste and becomes a sort of savory madeleine--a dunk in the accompanying cucumber sauce doesn't accentuate the flavors so much as activate them.

Also good: Elephant Jumps salad, with shredded apple, roasted coconut, shrimp, lime, and chili; spicy papaya salad; drunken noodles; fried-watercress salad.

Open daily for lunch and dinner.