Maple Ave Restaurant
147 Maple Ave. W.
Vienna, VA 22810
Cuisines: Fusion/Eclectic, American, Breakfast
Monday 5 to 9:30, Tuesday through Saturday 11 to 2 and 5 to 10, Sunday 11 to 2 and 5 to 9:30.
Nearby Metro Stops: Vienna/Fairfax-GMU
Price Range: Moderate
Reservations: Not Needed
Special Features: Kid Friendly
Who wouldn’t be skeptical of a suburban restaurant that charges upward of $20 for entrées and looks to be housed in a ’60s-era doughnut shop? And the menu’s crazy quilt of influences—Korean, Thai, Americana, Mediterranean, and Moroccan—doesn’t do much to convince you to chance it. But you should. Chef/owner Tim Ma doesn’t take shortcuts and puts his heart into everything he sends out. His rendition of shrimp and grits could persuade a Louisianan that the chef grew up in Bayou Country. A bowl of mussels in a saffron-coconut broth bests the work of most Thai kitchens. And pork-fried rice tastes like what a Chinese or Korean chef whips up when he’s off his shift. Don’t miss: Crème fraîche chicken wings with Korean chili paste; scallops with coconut-scallion risotto; braised beef cheek; whole branzino; beer-battered fries; chocolate dumplings; yuzu-lime pie; mochi. Open: Monday for dinner, Tuesday through Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday and Sunday for brunch and dinner. Moderate.