Hours: Lunch, Dinner: Sunday-Tuesday, Thursday-Saturday
Argyle Street Vietnamese that's more spiffed up than most.
The extensive menu at this cheerful Vietnamese restaurant features several dozen appetizers, salads, dumplings, soups, and noodles and a host of seafood, meat, and poultry entrees. Hu tieu dac biet is a soup loaded with shrimp, crab, bean sprouts, and chewy rice noodles; goi cuon are featherlight spring rolls filled with shrimp, pork, carrots, lettuce, and vermicelli rice noodles and served with a plum dipping sauce. The banh combination is a more unusual appetizer option: six banh beo (tiny rice-flour crepes meant to be wrapped around the accompanying fresh carrots and bean sprouts), four banh bot loc (tapioca dumplings filled with bits of pork and chicken), and two banh nam (thick, chewy disks of rice batter, pork, and chicken steamed in bamboo leaves and served with a fish sauce). Many entrees are served family style, and there are a number of multicourse family meals available, including a traditional Vietnamese option called bo bay mon: seven courses of beef prepared seven different ways, including a seasoned ground beef porridge. A second location is at 2723 N. Clark.
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