Even though Bar Bao only opened its doors in Clarendon a few days ago, it’s already racked up glowing reviews for its unique Asian fusion fare and its happy hour specials. From 4 to 8 p.m. daily, come to Bar Bao to sample some of its snacks and drinks at a discount, like the bulgogi short rib fries, the pork dumplings, or the calamari with Thai basil aioli for dipping.
When you inevitably return for a full meal, kick it off with a smorgasbord of Bar Bao’s signature steamed buns. Some come stuffed with traditional ingredients, such as braised or crispy pork belly, Korean tofu, or Tamarind shrimp, but others feature unexpected fillings with every bite. Bulgogi cheesesteak, fried chicken with caramelized sweet chili, and fried avocado are among the inventive ingredients. If you’re still hungry after your bun sampling, order an entree like the grilled salmon, “hangover” pho, or the crispy beef in ginger sauce.