We haven't been doing too well eating out lately. Our latest dining bummer was at Pho Vung Tau in Allentown (1500 Union)Saturday night. The food was OK--not as good as we remembered when it first opened--and the service was dismissive at best. The "vegetarian egg roll" was a fresh wrapper stuffed with vermicelli noodles and a piece of lettuce (I dunno, maybe we were expecting a sliver of carrot for color, or something) and served with a watery, insipid peanut sauce, and the other dishes--phos and buns--tasted as though they had the soul cooked out of them. The waitress ignored our check requests twice, and never checked up on us. This place feels like it's become a fast-food place (not a place to go for dinner), which is fine if you go there expecting that. We couldn't wait to hit Baxter St. in NYC.
We did have fun at Trivet, the family diner outside of Allentown (we hear there are two of them). The chicken pot pie was good, not as great as the stuff we bought at the annual Amish fair, but tasty. The place is great for families and offers good value and gentle service.