Cheap Eats 2017: Mi La Cay

Egg-noodle soup with pork and seafood at mi la cay. Photo by Scott Suchman.

Falls Church may be the Vietnamese hot spot, but it’s worth venturing to Wheaton for this sunny restaurant—and not just because it’s shockingly inexpensive for the quality. (Yes, that’s a delicious vermicelli bowl loaded with veggies and lemongrass beef for less than $8). Great care is taken with many dishes, whether marinated quail roasted until its skin crackles or soulful chicken and pork broths swimming with house-made egg noodles (we’re partial to the “M4,” topped with crisp garlic and herbs and served with crunchy “Maryland” fried chicken). Bánh mì are also some of the best in town. Also good: Papaya salad with shrimp; bun bo hue (spicy beef noodle soup).

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