Cheap Eats 2013: Gom Ba Woo

Quick reviews of ethnic cuisines you can experience for less than $25 a person, tax and tip included.


Photograph by Scott Suchman

About Gom Ba Woo


7133 Columbia Pike
Annandale, VA 22003

This quiet cafe with pottery and hanging plants is a far cry from the karaoke crowd’s preferred party spots. The mandu (dumplings) are a must; both steamed and fried versions get punched up by flavor-packed beef fillings. Skip the soft-tofu stew—its powdery cubes made us miss the custardy clouds anchoring the excellent version of the soup called soondubu. Opt for beef stew with noodles or sweet bulgogi-and-lettuce wraps.

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 Petworth.

Food Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.