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SD North Park Vietnamese--Vo's Cafe

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SD North Park Vietnamese--Vo's Cafe

Ms. Verde | May 14, 2008 07:22 PM

In a converted taco shop, Vo's Cafe is celebrating it's Grand Opening. I love Vietnamese food, but I'm not excited about returning to City Heights for dinner. (I work near University and I-15). Of course there is Saigon at 5th in Hillcrest, but I don't always want to deal with the parking and white table clothes, for a few egg rolls, or spring rolls or a bowl of noodle salad.

I noticed they had opened last weekend. I tried them tonight. Well, the eggrolls were great! Large, fresh, crispy and served with good nouc nam (sp?) dipping sauce. 3 large rolls for $3.25 will bring me back again. I really enjoyed the spring rolls as well. I got a sandwich of BBQ pork, but it turned out to be Chinese style, not the warm Vietnamese that I prefer. I also got a Vietnamese salad/noodle dish. This time the personable fellow behind the counter suggested I get it with BBQ chicken. I was SOO glad I took his advice! The chicken had that distinctive Vietnamese seasoning that I had missed with the pork. With a fruit smoothie, all of this food set me back a whopping $16 and change! Try them now while they have a special price going on the second item.

I will return. Next time the sandwich will be chicken with an extra nouc nam container. There are some other dishes on the menu to try, but I started with my standby items. If you are craving Vietnamese, but are reluctant to venture into the 'hood for dinner, try this little restaurant. They are designed primarily for take-out, but there is a cute little, decorated arbor behind the kitchen. Turn onto Oregon to enter the parking lot. Order up front at the counter, facing University. Cash only and no liquor license.

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