Cheap Eats 2010: Huong Viet

100 places that offer great food at low prices.

Why go: There are Vietnamese restaurants at every turn in the strip-mall maze that is the Eden Center, but this cash-only, wood-paneled dining room is the oldest—and most consistent.

What to get: Lacquered quail with lime/salt dip; delicate pork spring rolls; sweet-and-sour soup with shrimp or fish; lotus-root salad with shrimp and pork; banh xeo, a shrimp-and-bean-sprout-filled crepe to be torn and eaten—like many things on the menu—in a lettuce wrap with fresh herbs and fish sauce; bun, a cool bowl of vermicelli with grilled pork or shrimp.

Best for: More-the-merrier meals—portions are sized for sharing.

Insider tip: Beer is served, but nonalcoholic drinks are the thing here—sparkling lemonade, lychee bubble tea, and Vietnamese coffee.

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Ann Limpert
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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.