Tim Carman was on Warren Rojas‘ chat today, and a reader asked him about the difference between D.C. and Virginia’s dining scenes. CARMAN:

But the main difference is that NoVa is stuffed with great ethnic eateries: Vietnamese, Thai, Chinese, Middle Eastern, and on and on. It’s a matter of economics. The lower rents afforded by surburban markets attract the mom ‘n’ pop shops. I really wish DC could do something to attract more small ethnic restaurants back into the area. I’ve heard a rumor Chinatown is working on something like that.

He also says that D.C. street food sucks and lists his favorite restaurants in Northern Virginia:

Photograph: Song Ha, Eden Center, 2005. Photograph by Darrow Montgomery