Cheap Eats 2009: Myanmar

Great food, low prices, lots of fun

Why go: The Burmese cooking at this small storefront—soon to double in size—is ideal for palates on the lookout for the new. The intricate and layered salads are apt to cause table talk.

What to get: Crunchy cabbage-onion-and-cumin salad with gram-flour fritters; curries of pork or chicken with pickled fresh mango; naujee thoke, cylindrical rice noodles with bits of egg, chicken, chickpeas, and cilantro, tossed with fiery red-chili-flecked curry; onho kaukswe, coconut curry soup with fresh egg noodles.

Best for: A sojourn with food lovers that will have them raving.

Insider tip: Order several rounds of the flaky thousand-layer pancake. Fun to pull apart and eat on its own, it’s good for sopping up curries and gravies.

Open Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner.

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Ann Limpert
Executive Food Editor/Critic

Ann Limpert joined Washingtonian in late 2003. She was previously an editorial assistant at Entertainment Weekly and a cook in New York restaurant kitchens, and she is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education. She lives in Logan Circle.