2011 Cheap Eats In VA
BGR - The Burger Joint is one of 2011 Cheap Eats In VA.

1. BGR - The Burger Joint

7.5
106 N Washington St (at King St), Alexandria, VA
Burger Joint · Old Town · 66 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: We like our burgers dressed the old-fashioned way, with cheddar, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, and grilled onions, alongside a double chocolate shake and sweet-potato fries.

Cheesetique is one of 2011 Cheap Eats In VA.

2. Cheesetique

9.4
2411 Mount Vernon Ave (at E. Uhler Ave.), Alexandria, VA
Cheese Shop · Del Ray · 58 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: In the mood for something gooey and indulgent? Look to the bronze-crusted, three-cheese macaroni or one of the six grilled cheeses.

Cosmopolitan Grill is one of 2011 Cheap Eats In VA.

3. Cosmopolitan Grill

7.2
7700 Richmond Hwy, Alexandria, VA
Eastern European Restaurant · 11 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: Jaeger schnitzel is a thin cut of veal topped with a homey mushroom-cream sauce and served with a mound of sautéed vegetables such as carrots and zucchini.

Kabul Kabob House is one of 2011 Cheap Eats In VA.

4. Kabul Kabob House

6.5
514A S Van Dorn St (Pickett), Alexandria, VA
Middle Eastern Restaurant · Landmark - Van Dorn · 8 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: Appetizers of sambosa and bulanee, perfectly fried triangles filled with beef, potato, or leeks, make for outstanding starters. For entrées try one of the stews or rice dishes.

A&J Restaurant is one of 2011 Cheap Eats In VA.

5. A&J Restaurant

8.9
4316 Markham St (Little River Turnpike), Annandale, VA
Asian Restaurant · 38 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: Try the sesame cakes (on weekend mornings, get them filled with scrambled egg), pork-filled wontons in a bowl of red-chili oil, and giant baton-shaped crullers.

DaMOIM is one of 2011 Cheap Eats In VA.

6. DaMOIM

7.4
7106 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA
Asian Restaurant · 13 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: The East/West mash-up at this slick-looking sports bar filled with Beatles memorabilia turns up such curiosities as kimchee quesadillas and tacos stuffed with galbi (marinated short ribs).

Gom Ba Woo is one of 2011 Cheap Eats In VA.

7. Gom Ba Woo

7.3
7133C Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA
Korean Restaurant · 6 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: Try one of the soups, such as the restorative beef soup with noodles, egg, and turnips or the clam-and-tofu soondooboo with a red-pepper broth and an egg whisked in for richness.

Honey Pig Gooldaegee Korean Grill is one of 2011 Cheap Eats In VA.

8. Honey Pig Gooldaegee Korean Grill

9.0
7220C Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA
Korean Restaurant · 104 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: While you don’t want to miss the grilled meats, other parts of the menu are worth exploring. Those include chul pan stocked with baby octopus and pork, as well as a scallion-studded seafood pancake.

Lighthouse Tofu (빛고을 순두부) is one of 2011 Cheap Eats In VA.

9. Lighthouse Tofu (빛고을 순두부)

8.4
4121 Chatelain Rd Ste 100, Annandale, VA
Korean Restaurant · 30 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: While the soondubu is the star of the menu, there are other gems. The selection of pa jun—egg-and-scallion pancakes with seafood, kimchee, or vegetables—make for good additions to the table.

Bangkok 54 Restaurant & Bar is one of 2011 Cheap Eats In VA.

10. Bangkok 54 Restaurant & Bar

9.1
2919 Columbia Pike, Arlington, VA
Thai Restaurant · Arlington Heights · 54 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: We recommend: Shrimp salad with lemongrass; crispy fish with green mango; crispy pork belly with chili and basil; coconut ice cream.

Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery is one of 2011 Cheap Eats In VA.

11. Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery

9.0
1515 N Courthouse Rd (15th St), Arlington, VA
Cajun / Creole Restaurant · 140 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: The veggie sandwich is one of the best things on a menu that abounds in bacon and pork. Also good: Shrimp with green-onion rémoulad; gumbo; turkey-meatball sandwich; crawfish pot pie.

BGR - The Burger Joint is one of 2011 Cheap Eats In VA.

12. BGR - The Burger Joint

7.8
3129 Lee Hwy, Arlington, VA
Burger Joint · North Highland · 33 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: We recommend: Tuna burger with grilled pineapple; Greek-style lamb burger; Wellington burger with blue cheese and roasted mushrooms.

Cafe Assorti is one of 2011 Cheap Eats In VA.

13. Cafe Assorti

1800 Wilson Blvd, Washington, VA
Eastern European Restaurant · 18 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: The produce here is bright and fresh and tossed into an array of salads, including a noteworthy one with shredded beets, walnuts, and garlic. Also good: Carrot salad with garlic and chili peppers.

EatBar is one of 2011 Cheap Eats In VA.

14. EatBar

2761 Washington Blvd, Arlington, VA
Gastropub · Lyon Park · 47 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: Burgers have always been a strength here, fries have a double-fried crispness, and wings get a zippy Sriracha-stoked glaze. Also good: Fettuccine w/ olives & sausage meatballs

Elephant Jumps Thai Restaurant is one of 2011 Cheap Eats In VA.

15. Elephant Jumps Thai Restaurant

8.0
8110A Arlington Blvd (Gallows Rd., Entrance to Shopping is on Gallows), Falls Church, VA
Thai Restaurant · 25 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: Try the crispy salmon, a moist filet encased in a crunchy shell and set on steamed jasmine rice. Or a dish of deep-fried bay scallops tossed with basil, scallions, and red peppers.

El Pike is one of 2011 Cheap Eats In VA.

16. El Pike

6138B Arlington Blvd, Falls Church, VA
South American Restaurant · 3 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: This colorful cafe specializes in hearty portions of Bolivian cooking. Adventurous eaters will have lots to choose from, including soups with beef kidney & beef tripe, both available Sat. and Sun.

El Pollo Rico is one of 2011 Cheap Eats In VA.

17. El Pollo Rico

8.8
932 N Kenmore St (at Fairfax Dr), Arlington, VA
Peruvian Restaurant · Ballston - Virginia Square · 84 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: Considered the king of the area’s Peruvian-chicken houses. A tip to up your chances of a getting a great chicken: Prime time might mean waiting in line, but the birds won’t sit in a warmer.

Guajillo Mexican Cuisine is one of 2011 Cheap Eats In VA.

18. Guajillo Mexican Cuisine

8.0
1727 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA
Mexican Restaurant · Colonial Village · 61 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: The kitchen’s skill is evident in its mole, a sauce that involves no fewer than 15 ingredients and lots of hours. The rich and nutty version here comes ladled over chicken enchiladas.

Minh's Restaurant is one of 2011 Cheap Eats In VA.

19. Minh's Restaurant

7.7
2500 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA
Vietnamese Restaurant · Clarendon - Courthouse · 22 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: The kitchen gets many things right, whether it’s perfectly greaseless yam-and-shrimp cakes from the fryer, beautifully glazed pork skewers off the grill, or well-balanced salads.

Pupatella Neapolitan Pizza is one of 2011 Cheap Eats In VA.

20. Pupatella Neapolitan Pizza

9.3
5104 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA
Pizza Place · 114 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: We recommend: Fried risotto balls with mozzarella and roasted eggplant; Margherita pizza with buffalo mozzarella; chorizo pizza with onion and roasted red pepper; prosciutto-and-arugula pizza.

Sichuan Village is one of 2011 Cheap Eats In VA.

21. Sichuan Village

5.5
14005 Lee Jackson Memorial Hwy, Chantilly, VA
Chinese Restaurant · 10 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: Note the color coding on the menu. For most people, yellow will be plenty hot; red means the kitchen has seasoned with abandon.

Pete's New Haven Style Apizza is one of 2011 Cheap Eats In VA.

22. Pete's New Haven Style Apizza

8.6
3017 Clarendon Blvd (at Garfield St), Arlington, VA
Pizza Place · Clarendon - Courthouse · 63 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: The Sorbillo’s Original, a turnover stuffed with cured meats, ricotta, and tomato sauce, is filling and flavor-packed. Seasonal antipasti are as healthy as they are tasty.

Ray's Hell Burger is one of 2011 Cheap Eats In VA.

23. Ray's Hell Burger

1713 Wilson Blvd (at N Quinn St.), Arlington, VA
Burger Joint · Colonial Village · 132 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: Of all the restaurants Pres. Obama has visited in Washington, the only one to have merited a 2nd visit is this bare-bones burger joint. The patty is 10 oz. of prime, aged beef and eats like a steak.

Cheesetique is one of 2011 Cheap Eats In VA.

24. Cheesetique

9.4
2411 Mount Vernon Ave (at E. Uhler Ave.), Alexandria, VA
Cheese Shop · Del Ray · 58 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: Some might find it overkill, but if you’re the kind of person who’s more likely to give up chocolate than cheddar, this wine bar within a cheese shop is cause for celebration.

Bamian Afghan Cuisine is one of 2011 Cheap Eats In VA.

25. Bamian Afghan Cuisine

8.4
5634 Leesburg Pike (Carlin Springs Rd.), Baileys Crossroads, VA
Afghan Restaurant · 16 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: Start things off with a round of mantu, the thin-skinned, free-form beef dumplings that are smothered in tangy meat sauce, mint, and thick yogurt.

Bangkok Golden is one of 2011 Cheap Eats In VA.

26. Bangkok Golden

9.0
6395 Seven Corners Ctr (Leesburg Pike near 7 corners), Falls Church, VA
Thai Restaurant · 48 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: The kitchen makes its own lemongrass-laced pork and roasts a perfect, plump quail. But there are rewards up and down the menu, and many of the best dishes don’t make meat the star.

Four Sisters is one of 2011 Cheap Eats In VA.

27. Four Sisters

9.1
8190 Strawberry Ln (at Lee Hwy), Falls Church, VA
Vietnamese Restaurant · 84 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: The 149-item menu has many good entry points, but we like to start with the shrimp toast—airy baguette halves slathered in shrimp paste and deep-fried to a crisp —or a round of spring rolls.

Hong Kong Palace is one of 2011 Cheap Eats In VA.

28. Hong Kong Palace

7.7
6387 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA
Chinese Restaurant · 17 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: Good starts to the meal include a simple dish of cold cucumber with cilantro. Pork with crunchy cucumber and seaweed-like mushrooms is good for those who shy away from spice.

Huong Viet is one of 2011 Cheap Eats In VA.

29. Huong Viet

8.1
6785 Wilson Blvd (at Arlington Blvd.), Falls Church, VA
Vietnamese Restaurant · 48 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: Look to servers for help with unfamiliar dishes. They’ll readily demonstrate, say, how to make the lime-salt-and-pepper dip that perks up sweetly lacquered roasted quail.

Jerusalem Restaurant and Catering is one of 2011 Cheap Eats In VA.

30. Jerusalem Restaurant and Catering

7.5
3405 Payne St (Leesburg Pike), Falls Church, VA
Mediterranean Restaurant · 17 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: Begin with the superb veggie combo platter, which includes fine renditions of baba ghanoush, hummus, tabbouleh, and foul (fava beans). It’s a good primer for the zesty, garlicky flavors that abound.

La Caraqueña is one of 2011 Cheap Eats In VA.

31. La Caraqueña

8.0
300 W Broad St (at Little Falls St), Falls Church, VA
Latin American Restaurant · 30 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: We recommend: Arepa sifrina; JP’s Favorite arepa; diputado; pabellón criollo.

Myanmar Restaurant is one of 2011 Cheap Eats In VA.

32. Myanmar Restaurant

6.3
7810C Lee Hwy, Falls Church, VA
Asian Restaurant · 12 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: Start w/ something from the fryer—such as batter-dipped squash batons or bundles of watercress fritters dipped in tamarind-chili sauce—then balance it with the crunchy, earthy pickled tea-leaf salad.

Pho 75 is one of 2011 Cheap Eats In VA.

33. Pho 75

9.1
1721 Wilson Blvd (at N Quinn St), Arlington, VA
Noodle House · Colonial Village · 113 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: Enhance any of the phos with accompanying plates of bean sprouts, basil sprigs, lime wedges, and jalapeños or with a dollop of the Sriracha chili sauce found on the tables.

Cajun Experience is one of 2011 Cheap Eats In VA.

34. Cajun Experience

7.9
14 Loudoun St SE (King St), Leesburg, VA
Cajun / Creole Restaurant · 17 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: Most entrées are hearty enough to share—a good way to stick to a Cheap Eats budget. In Louisiana fashion, the owners are big on live music, and bands play most weekends.

Gamasot is one of 2011 Cheap Eats In VA.

35. Gamasot

6963 Hechinger Dr, Springfield, VA
Korean Restaurant · 4 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: There might not be a better value than the $4.99 refillable bowls of sul leung tang, a soup made by simmering beef bones for 48 hours and studding the broth with beef slices and rice noodles.

Amma Vegetarian Kitchen is one of 2011 Cheap Eats In VA.

36. Amma Vegetarian Kitchen

7.7
344 Maple Ave, Vienna, VA
Indian Restaurant · 18 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: Dosas, those ultra-thin crepes that are a meal in themselves, are expertly made. Lemon rice and chole—a chickpea stew topped with chopped jalapeños—make good pairings.

Plaka Grill is one of 2011 Cheap Eats In VA.

37. Plaka Grill

9.4
110 Lawyers Rd NW, Vienna, VA
Greek Restaurant · 61 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: The warm pita holds spit-grilled pork and is finished with a handful of crispy French fries. Dips such as kalamata-olive tapenade and tyrokafteri make nice shares with lightly griddled pita.

The Pure Pasty Co. is one of 2011 Cheap Eats In VA.

38. The Pure Pasty Co.

9.0
128C Church St NW, Vienna, VA
Restaurant · 23 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: Each pie’s tender crusts hold fillings made with locally raised meats. There’s a traditional Cornwall-style ground-beef-and-potato pasty, but we preferred the Philly cheesesteak, laced w/ provolone.

Rose Kabob Restaurant is one of 2011 Cheap Eats In VA.

39. Rose Kabob Restaurant

8.1
126 Maple Ave W, Vienna, VA
Middle Eastern Restaurant · 14 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: Accompany all the meat on the menu with a generous plate of the sweet, fragrant rice-and-carrot pilaf called shirin polo and a dish of warm eggplant dip.

Shamshiry Chelo Kabob is one of 2011 Cheap Eats In VA.

40. Shamshiry Chelo Kabob

8.4
8607 Westwood Center Dr (at Leesburg Pike), Vienna, VA
Persian Restaurant · Tysons West · 84 tips and reviews

Washingtonian MagazineWashingtonian Magazine: The stars of the menu are the generous entrées, particularly a spicy, cilantro-rubbed chicken tandoori kebab. The juicy ground-beef chelo kebab kubideh impressed with its meatloaf-like flavors.