Cheap Eats 2013: Huong Viet

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

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Photograph by Scott Suchman.

Dining at the Eden Center’s oldest restaurant is not the equivalent of watching a faded actress in a cameo tha’s an homage to her glory days. This grande dame can still bring it. The happy chaos might put you in mind of a diner, but the cooking won’t. The best dishes—including roast quail, stuffed crepes, and grilled pork with vermicelli—have the brightness and depth of a chef-driven vehicle costing three times as much.

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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.

Anna Spiegel
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.