8190 Strawberry Ln.
Falls Church, VA 22042
Neighborhood: Falls Church
Open daily 11 AM to 9:45 PM.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Price Range: Inexpensive
Noise Level: Chatty
Shrimp toast; rice-noodle crepes stuffed with minced wild mushrooms; roasted quail with lime-juice-and-pepper “dip”; lotus-root salad; beef-stuffed grape leaves; grilled-pork vermicelli; Vietnamese coffee; lime soda.
Appetizers, $3.50 to $9.50; entrées, $6.50 to $26.95.
Special Features: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly
This grande dame of area Vietnamese restaurants has fans who include top chefs, such as Inn at Little Washington proprietor Patrick O'Connell. Its appeals are many: a color-splashed space, warm service--often from one of the sisters the place was named for--and a remarkably consistent kitchen.
The 149-item menu has many good entry points, but we like to start with the shrimp toast--airy baguette halves slathered in shrimp paste and deep-fried to a crisp --or a round of spring rolls. Then there are caramel clay pots with pork ribs, heaping platters of cold vermicelli with herbs and grilled pork, and shaky beef with a kicky lime-and-pepper dip. The only downside? This is no hidden gem. Waits for tables at prime times and on weekends can be long.
Also good: Clam hash; lotus-root salad; lemongrass chicken; bánh xèo crepe; fresh lime soda.
Open daily for lunch and dinner.