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Seven Corners/Eden Center rec?

Hi, folks:

I'll be running errands tonight in Seven Corners and wanted to grab some grub in one of the Vietnamese places in Eden Center. Never been there before and I can't find much about a "go-to" place. So, what's yours?

As a back up, I was also considering Pistoni's, the Italian place. Yay/nay?

Many thanks!

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Eden Center
Falls Church, VA, USA, Falls Church, VA

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  1. I'm a little rusty on Eden Center, but if you don't do Eden Center then I can't see not going to Hong Kong Palace. To my it's like the vortex of a black hole that sucks me in if I'm within a mile of it. Same with Joe's in Rockville.

    My wife still doesn't get how I can be driving the top side of the beltway and consider Joe's because "I'm passing nearby". HKP does the same if I'm on 66 near Sycamore Street.

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    Hong Kong Palace
    6387 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22044

    Eden Center
    Falls Church, VA, USA, Falls Church, VA

    1. In the Eden Center, I'm partial to Huong Viet, which isn't the most adventurous of places but is the most consistent and best across the board imo. The cha gio (spring rolls) are a must-order-- the definitive version in the area along with Minhs in Arlington. I also love the banh hoi platters with grilled beef or pork (or get the combo). They also do a good job with lacquered quail, lotus root salad, and other staples like shrimp with chilies in a caramel sauce or lemongrass chicken with chilies and ginger. Lots to like over there.

      Stay away from Pistone's. If you don't go to Eden I'd go to HKP for Szechuan or Rabieng for Thai, which are both right down route 7.

      1. I really like the bahn mi place around the corner from the seafood restaurant in the middle of eden center. Speaking of that seafood place they had a great clam dish last time I went and a spicy seafood salad that was great, one of my favorites in the whole place. Here is a good thread on the subject:

        http://www.donrockwell.com/index.php?...

        1. There's good food in Eden Center but HKP is a must-visit if you are in Seven Corners. Make sure you get the real menu.

          Pistone's is forgettable at best. So fugettaboudit!

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          Eden Center
          Falls Church, VA, USA, Falls Church, VA

          1. It won't really work for dinner, but stop into Thanh Son Tofu (on the left as you drive into Eden Center) for fried tofu (onion flavor is my favorite) and some sweet bean and tapioca snacks. The fried tofu is seriously the best I've ever had, and at 5 pieces for a dollar you really can't go wrong. They also have good sinh to (fruit shakes - avocado's my favorite) but that might ruin your appetite for dinner.

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            Eden Center
            Falls Church, VA, USA, Falls Church, VA

            Thanh Son Tofu
            6793A Wilson Blvd, Falls Church, VA

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              1. re: jumpingjack

                Still trying to figure out Thanh Son Tofu. Went there and got all three types of tofu they had at the time. One was bland, the next was bland and chewy and the last one was slightly spicy and boring, but in a bland sort of way. I have to admit that I think the best dish might be in the milk jugs the 'locals' were buying. Is it a yogurt drink? Because it must be better than the tofu, something must be good to bring that many people in.
                I ended up eating tofu with different hot sauces to cover up the boring lack of flavor or texture.

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                Thanh Son Tofu
                6793A Wilson Blvd, Falls Church, VA

                1. re: Ziv

                  Not for eating in, but the plain tofu at Thanh Son Tofu (in approximately one pound packages) is made in house. If you catch them when a fresh batch is done, it's actually still warm when you buy it. Friends of mine that are picky about their tofu really like it. (I've never cooked with it myself.)

                  The milk jugs are, I believe, soybean milk.

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                  Thanh Son Tofu
                  6793A Wilson Blvd, Falls Church, VA

                  1. re: Lori D

                    those jugs are, indeed, soy milk and it is incredibly delicious soymilk.

              2. Thank you, everyone! I think you've all convinced us to head to HKP instead of somewhere in Eden Center. I'll let you know tomorrow...

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                Eden Center
                Falls Church, VA, USA, Falls Church, VA

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                1. re: SouthShore

                  A standout dish at Eden Center is the "mouth, mouth, good-smelling crispy chicken". it is not on the menu, but on the specials listed on the wall. It is written in Chinese. The character for 'mouth' is a simple square, so you should be able to spot the dish with two squares on it.

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                  Eden Center
                  Falls Church, VA, USA, Falls Church, VA

                    1. re: Marty L.

                      He's just drooling too much to think straight. And SouthShore - this is the special that I mention just below.

                      1. re: Marty L.

                        Yeah, my bad. I mean HKP. Many of the best dishes right now are specials, so it really pays to ask about them.

                    2. re: SouthShore

                      How many of you are there? More is better as the plates are sort of family style.

                      I'm tempted to join...

                      A few quick recs (though there are a couple of robust threads here that should be easily found).

                      Cumin anything (fish, lamb, etc)
                      The egged corn dish (use this to soak up sauces from other dishes)
                      App: Chengdu noodles and the beef jerky (two dishes)
                      There was a special on the wall in Chinese. It's a chicken dish with peppers that the chef brings from China every once in a while. Ask if they have this.

                    3. Sorry I missed this thread last night. For future reference if you are looking for good Vietnamese my current favorite, yes it changes, is Tay Do. They have some great dishes, I would recommend the Vietnamese sausage appetizer, bun cha hanoi, hu tieu (a very large soup), bun bo hue (a spicy beef soup) and if you are three the hot pots are fun and excellent.

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                      1. re: sekelmaan

                        I lke Tay Do, too, although I think Huong Viet remains more consistent. The bun cha Hanoi is good there, but I tried the hu tieu and found it rather dull. As for the bun bo hue, isn't there a small little place somewhere in the adjoining wing of the EC that has the best BBH?

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                        Huong Viet Restaurant
                        6785 Wilson Blvd, Falls Church, VA 22044

                        1. re: Marty L.

                          You could be thinking of Com Tam.... but I'm not sure ownership has remained the same.

                          1. re: Marty L.

                            I went and tried Huong Viet today. Maybe I ordered wrong, but I was unimpressed. I got the quail appetizer which I found sweet and dried out. The bun cha ha noi was much less flavorful, maybe even watered down. The greens were brown. There was only basil and a single stick of parsley. None of the mint or sawtooth or others.

                            Maybe there are specific dishes that you like there you can recommend? The staff was friendly and it was busy. A lot of gringos in that place which was kind of an unusual sight as well.

                            Thanks,

                            -C.

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                            Huong Viet Restaurant
                            6785 Wilson Blvd, Falls Church, VA 22044

                            1. re: sekelmaan

                              Hmm... sad that the quail was off as it's usually a hit.

                              Dependable dishes are bun thit nuong cha gio (rice vermicelli with grilled pork and spring roll) and com tam bi cha thit nuong (broken rice with grilled pork, shredded pork and pork casserole). Their beef stew (bo kho) is usually consistent. They have short ribs sauteed with lemongrass that is off the hook and I hear their hot pots are good as well.

                        2. Hey everyone!

                          I promised a review of HKP after I went, but things got busy. We (2 of us) LOVED IT. Ordered the dan dan noodles with extra beef, curried lamb and chengdu zhong's dumplings. Just the right amount of food for 2 people. We especially loved the noodles, so that will be a definite re-order if we ever get to go again (no car = suburban trips are seldom)...but we'd love to try out the rest of everyone's recs.

                          Thank you SO MUCH for the tips!

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                          Hong Kong Palace
                          6387 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22044