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