Cheap Eats 2010: Batik

100 great places that offer great food at low prices.

Why go: The dumplings, salads, noodles, and curries are a fusion not just of Asian cooking styles but also of rusticity and stylishness. So is the bamboo-bedecked cafe, which weds a tiki bar to a bistro.

What to get: Pork dumplings with cabbage and green onion; “Squash It!” dumplings stuffed with sweet potato, ginger, and squash; firecracker shrimp, enrobed in dumpling skin and fried until crispy; skewered, glazed pork; mee goreng, a hearty noodle dish brimming with fresh, well-cooked veggies and finished off with fried shallots; a stir-fry of basil-strewn chicken.

Best for: Grazing or snacking before or after shopping or a movie.

Insider tip: The bigger plates, including curries and noodles, are sized for family-style dining.

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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.