Oftentimes I'll get an incredible urge for Vietnamese food and drive like a crazed lunatic to Golden Deli only to learn that about 100 other people have had the same urge as me, but got to the restaurant about 10 seconds before I did.
So, when I drove by Vietnam Restaurant the other day and saw it packed to the gills I wondered if this was the "overflow" room for Golden Deli.
You see, Vietnam Restaurant occupies a space on Las Tunas Drive that is best described as a shack masquerading as an eye-sore of a building. The location has seen its share of tenants, everything from a Chinese fast food joint to a Thai take out place. Not one of them lasted longer than a couple of months. Vietnam Restaurant might just buck that trend.
It takes quite a bit of guts and gumption to open up a Vietnamese restaurant so close to the popular (and famous) Golden Deli, but from what I can tell, this place has the goods to compete with the big boys up the street.
What to get? It's a limited menu. But I think the bún bò kho is some of the best you'll find in the SGV. The meat is tender and the broth is rich and savory. In fact, I think all the beef dishes here are great, including the com bò kho. They also have the Vietnamese 12 courses of beef, which I have yet to try, but will before I leave town.
So, if you are like, always about 10 seconds too late to everything ... check them out.
(By the way, anyone know if Vietnam Restaurant is related to Vietnam House?)
340 W. Las Tunas Drive