Food

3 New Places to Try at Eden Center

Owner Jay Tran mixes tea at TeaDM Lounge. Photograph by Scott Suchman

This comes from our 2017 Cheap Eats list, our guide to inexpensive ethnic dining in the region.

Little Viet Garden

6783 Wilson Blvd., Falls Church; 703-532-1069

In the ’90s, Clarendon had a strong Vietnamese-food scene—and Little Viet Garden was one of its most popular destinations. That restaurant closed in 1998, but last September, its owners brought it back to life in a new Eden Center home. It’s now on our shortlist for a host of reasons, including fragrant pho, fresh vermicelli bowls, and—on the less traditional side—pork-belly bao.

TeaDM Lounge

6765 Wilson Blvd., Falls Church; 703-901-2384

Hidden in the back of a boarded-up pho restaurant is our new favorite bubble-tea joint. There are myriad flavored black, green, and oolong teas plus mix-ins such as fruit jellies, chia seeds, and nondairy milk. (The guys at the counter will gladly help you navigate.) Our regular order: icy matcha with sea-salt crème and boba (tapioca).

Pandan

6771 Wilson Blvd., Falls Church; 571-389-7727

This sweet shop specializes in a dazzling array of chè,dessert drinks and soups layered with various fresh fruits, jellies, teas, and milks. We’re also fans of the creamy “snow ice” and the coconut waffles. Note: The place is cash-only.

This article appears in the July 2017 issue of Washingtonian. 

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