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Cville Mel May 7, 2007 05:59 PM

My favorite cuisine when living in Arlington 15 yrs ago was Vietnamese. I understand nearly all the Vietnamese restaurants have left Clarendon for Falls Church. I'm coming up from Charlottesville for a meeting on Friday and have an opportunity to get some Vietnamese food on Friday in the Arlington/Falls Church/Tysons area. Where's the best place? Any recommendations of special dishes?

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    geling May 7, 2007 07:39 PM

    Eden Center off of Wilson Blvd. near Seven Corners is a Vietnamese shopping center. There are a few good restaruants there, including Four Sisters. There is a small one I like there too, but can't remember the name, it is something like Hong Viet sorry. Other Chowhounds help me out? Ruth

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      PollyG May 8, 2007 05:58 AM

      You're probably thinking of Huong Viet. I agree, it is very good. Their grilled meats are outstanding and I think they blow 4 Sisters out of the water on everything other than ambiance.

      The EC website at www.edencenter.com has directions. You will be faced with an overwhelming array of choices. You may want to try a dollar's worth of take-out fried tofu from the tofu shop a few doors to the left of Huong Viet. If you are fortunate enough to catch the tofu fresh from the fryer, you will be blown away; if it is a bit cooler you will still be impressed by a different flavor and texture. My favorite is the mushroom tofu.

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        Lori D May 8, 2007 06:58 AM

        I was very impressed by Tay Do in Eden Center, a relatively new restaurant.

        My favorite snack in Eden Center is banh mi - Vietnamese sandwiches. There are many places where you can get this.

        While it's true that Clarendon doesn't have nearly the concentration of Vietnamese places as it used to (and there are fewer all the time), there are still a couple of good ones - Minh's and Nam Viet come to mind. There's also Pho 75 in Rosslyn.

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          PollyG May 8, 2007 07:09 AM

          Thanks for mentioning Tay Do; I was spacing on the name. Tay Do is a recent addition to the Eden Center lineup. It has good food with a clean, modern decor. The only disappointment we've had at Tay Do in several trips there is their pho, which was pretty weak. It generally isn't a great idea to order pho in places that don't specialize in it, but the chowpup was not going to be talked out of it.

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            jaydreb May 8, 2007 07:53 AM

            I second these recommendations - particularly Nam Viet in Clarendon. Terrific stuff.

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