Photo by Stefanie Gans
Photo by Stefanie Gans

Rice Paper

Vietnamese / $$ / 6775 Wilson Blvd., Falls Church

With the way the line flows out the door during the weekday lunch hour, you’d think there are no other Vietnamese restaurants around for miles. Except this is Eden Center, and there’s nothing but places for pho and bahn mi. But at Rice Paper, there’s also much more. There are rice paper dishes, of course. Soak solid sheets in a mini bucket of water at the table, watch them soften in seconds, fill with grilled shrimp, toothpick-thin noodles, fresh vegetables and herbs and dunk in a salty sauce for the finish. There are composed dishes, too, like short ribs in a clay pot, not too sweet, with a pleasant warming heat and a sauce you’ll cloak rice in. End the meal with a drink: either a sweet, rich iced coffee or a thick, fruity avocado smoothie.

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(November 2015)

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