Well, I finally made it to this tiny lower Polk hole in the wall whose bright green "Chai-Yo" sign (with drawing of a cute little asian fella holding his bowl of noodles) has been tuggin'at my interest for some time.
Of course, I was delighted to discover that this little place was as charming, in all respects, as that sign had led me to hope it would be.
As for the food... I can only attest to having tried a couple items; "golden bags" (shrimp, chicken, vegis, spices wrapped in rice paper, tied at the top and fried golden brown). Wonderful flavors and beautiful presentation.
And, a special soup, which consisted of a light clear, flavorful broth filled with ultra tender house-made bbq pork slices, some fresh greens, and just a few tiny bits of crispy browned garlic. Yum.
The dishes all around me looked wonderful and there were plenty oohs and ahhs from fellow chowhounds (did I mention this place was small?)
Nearly every dish is priced between $5.50 - $7.00, which is remarkable considering the quality of the ingredients and the tasteful presentation.
For those of you who have noticed that little green sign on lower Polk, but have yet to give this place a try...
. fear not.