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Jan 6, 2011 04:10 PM

New Yorker coming to DC for 5 days and looking for great ethnic food

I really want great vietnamese food, am VERY familiar with it and intrigued by Eden Center posts but none of the restaurants sound great. Am willing to travel for great food and have a car so that is no problem. I was also intrigued by Burma Road another cuisine I love but is it really authentic? What else can you recommend anywhere in the DC/VA area. Also any good southern style places for breakfast or brunch would be greatly appreciated by a northerner who can never get enough grits and biscuits.

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

Burma Road
617 S Frederick Ave, Gaithersburg, MD 20877

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  1. I think any good Vietnamese restaurant in DC will be heads and shoulders above the ones in NYC. I would recommend Present in Falls Church or Four Sisters in Merrifield, both in VA. Nice atmosphere and good service, with really good food.

    Four Sisters Restaurant
    8190 Strawberry Ln Ste 1, Falls Church, VA 22042

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    1. re: dpan

      Myanmar in Falls Church is a good one also. I'm no judge of authenticity, but the food is tasty.

      1. re: flavrmeistr

        Myanmar has the best green papaya salad and chili belly pork! a9awhen they say hot, they mean it!)

      2. re: dpan

        I would take issue with statement. Pho Pasteur on Baxter St in NYC's Chinatown blows away anything I've encoutered at the Eden Center, both in terms of price and quality.

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

        Pho Pasteur
        133 E Annandale Rd, Falls Church, VA 22046

      3. Do Eden Center - from the sound of your post. Otherwise I would say Nam Viet in Clarendon .

        For Southern breakfast (Southern other would be easier), um, I would only guide you to Virginia Kitchen, but that's in Herndon and - while good - not worth the drive for an out of towner.

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

        Nam Viet Restaurant
        3419 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., washington, dc, DC 20008

        1. Many a good meal can be had at Eden Center.

          My favorite right now would be at Nha Trang. Get the noodle dish with shrimp paste "in the shape of worms." This is a soup, though I don't think it's listed as a soup on the menu. Also get appetizer #7, I think, which is their special garden rolls - may be listed as ground pork wrapped in rice paper. Other good orders are the bo luc lac (ask for the pepper lime dipping sauce), the roast quail, and the minced clams on sesame cracker.

          If you don't mind a more third-world experience with maybe some language difficulties, then go to Bay Lo (also at Eden Center) for the "miscellaneous salad", the fried goat roll (a misnomer) and the Bay Lo 7 special, which is the classic bun cha hanoi.

          I don't think either of the above stays open real late, so don't push it.

          Go to Myanmar in Falls Church, VA for your Burmese fix. The ginger salad is a MUST ORDER. Many other fine dishes, including the whole roast fish (ordered spicy), the chicken noodle soup with coconut, tomato tofu, watercress fritters, and the okra. A couple of other interesting salads include the chickpea salad (with gravy) and the shrimp and bean sprout salad. Skip the nan jee thoke. There is the important condiment of dried shrimp and garlic, balachaung, which needs to be ordered separately. Cost is about $5. This will give you the taste of Burma you are looking for.

          I can't say any of these places will be as good as a trip to SE Asia, but I think they make for great DC area eating.

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          1. re: Steve

            The green tea salad at Myanmar is also great. One or the other. I prefer the green tea one, but love the ginger salad as well.

          2. The best soul food isn't open for breakfast or brunch - get to Oohs and Ahhs on U Street!

            1. For breakfast, I think Florida Ave Grill might be what you're looking for (and it's a classic DC place): Also look up the breakfast at Market Lunch at Eastern Market. If those aren't what you're looking for, possibly Georgia Brown's brunch is (I haven't been to it, but you can find info here).

              I can't imagine you'd be disappointed by Eden Center.

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

              Market Lunch
              225 7th St SE Ste 12, Washington, DC 20003

              Georgia Brown's
              950 15th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

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              1. re: mselectra

                Try Levi's Port Cafe for southern food its the best in the city