Yes, Virginia! It is possible to have a delicious lunch in downtown Fairfax, VA for under $5!
Though it’s noted for Pho, East Wind also has a fantastic Bánh mì (Vietnamese sandwich) special for under $5.
East Wind is a diamond in the rough. The ambiance is comfortable, a little on the shabby side. There’s a tiny outdoor dining area in what appears to be a converted alleyway. In the main dining room a TV plays constantly and the wallpaper looks puffy, like it’s survived a flood.
Getting back to the Bánh mì lunch special, it includes delicious shrimp crackers as an appetizer. The sandwich itself is fabulous. You have your choice of beef, chicken, pork or tofu. It comes on crisp French bread and the filling contains a generous portion of meat or tofu plus cilantro, cucumber slices, pickled carrots and chili peppers. It’s hot and sweet -- Asian barbeque with a buzz!
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