Cheap Eats 2018: The Block

The Block. Photograph by Scott Suchman

About The Block

4221 John Marr Dr
Annandale, VA 22003

Washington is on the brink of a food-hall boom—a larger sister to this pan-Asian marketplace is slated to arrive in North Bethesda next year. Why? Spend hours eating and drinking through the six vendors here and you’ll understand. Start with a soju mule and fish-sauce wings at the bar before grazing on the likes of Thai street skewers at Roots; DIY Pokéworks bowls; and fusion comfort food such as garlic noodles with Parmesan, scallions, and shrimp at Balo Kitchen. Still standing? Munch’s doughnut ice-cream sandwiches are usually the tipping point. Also good: Taiwanese shaved ice at SnoCream; rice bowls at Balo Kitchen.

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.

Jessica Sidman
Food Editor

Jessica Sidman covers the people and trends behind D.C.’s food and drink scene. Before joining Washingtonian in July 2016, she was Food Editor and Young & Hungry columnist at Washington City Paper. She is a Colorado native and University of Pennsylvania grad.