Where to Eat and Drink in Seven Corners
Dim sum, old-school Italian and other cheap eats make this section of Falls Church well worth an outing.
The Seven Corners area of Falls Church is best known for two things: the bustling Vietnamese enclave of Eden Center and a notoriously gnarled traffic pattern. The dining at Eden Center is its own delicious story, but if you can overlook the often-congested arterial scramble of Washington and Wilson boulevards, Route 50 and Route 7, the food in this neighborhood is worth the drive.
There’s plenty of space to get your dim sum fix at this popular spot for ex-pats. Even when there’s a line, the spacious dining room ensures that turnover is fast. The Cantonese small plates are offered until 3 p.m. daily, with limited options via carts and trays during the week and a full-blown bonanza on weekends. Rows of tanks and loads of plates featuring shrimp, crab, conch, lobster, scallop and flounder—as well as abalone, squid and other creatures, including frog—back up the name. Open until 2 a.m. daily.
6286 Arlington Blvd., www.facebook.com/Hong-Kong-Pearl-Seafood-Restaurant
Mark’s, a Falls Church staple for 25 years, serves Hong Kong-style dim sum every day in addition to the namesake fowl. Tucked into Willston Centre, the restaurant sees lines forming early on the weekends when its dim sum carts increase in number. It’s worth a stop anytime to grab roast pork or duck, but the weekend’s expanded dumpling selection—from crabmeat to abalone and shrimp with bamboo—make the Saturday midmorning wait for a table worth your time.
6184 Arlington Blvd., marksduckhouse.com