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Nostalgia: Rosded and Vietnam Little Home Cafe

mark | Mar 26, 200309:55 PM

I was just wondering if anyone had an up-to-date opinion on either of the above places.

I passed by Rosded recently and recalled that it was the site of my very first Thai meal, some 20 years or so ago. A transforming experience, needless to say. (One's first Thai meal would almost have to be.) But in retrospect, one of my first encounters with archetypal Chow-ishness. The neighborhood still ungentrified. The space small, unprepossessing; a new world of smells and tastes appearing out of nowhere. Disconcertingly sticky plastic cloths on the tables with trays of (at the time) utterly inexplicable condiments. Satay served alongside toast points of Wonder Bread and a huge anomalous wedge of raw cabbage. Strange and wonderful. Heaven.

But I haven't been there in many years and was wondering how it compares with the newer breed of clean, bright places that one can find on almost any corner in any neighborhood.

Ditto for Vietnam Little Home. I believe it's still there, just a stop or 2 down the Ravenswood line from Rosded. My first Vietnamese meal. Winter - the tiny storefront packed with chowhounds, the windows steamed up and the air thick with frying garlic, ginger, lemon grass and galanga. Have still not equaled the stuffed chicken wings anywhere else. Anyone been there recently.

(Apologies for the purple prose. It just came over me as I recalled those first indelible visits.)

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