Last week my eating club went to Mekong Delta in the thriving South Grand neighborhood. Mekong is, I believe, a former diner, with a long thin shape and both booths in the window and tables in the front area. Smoking area was far away. Apparently, they have opened a bar inside the restaurant that serves fun cocktails, but we did not see or try it. Mekong seems to be changing with the times, that is, becoming more "hip" and improving the area in general. Lots of plants and fish tanks make it feel cozy and comfortable. To start we had spring rolls and fried eggrolls. The springrolls were superior - big lush fresh shrimp, and just enough of the pork and vermicelli to make it not fishy. The wrapping was not too thick and still felt sticky; a good sign. The fried eggrolls were also tasty, with the interiors hot and melted, but still crunchy and fresh tasting. We went on to the shrimp soup, which was a redish light broth, big shrimps and hunks of pineapple. We did ask for extra cilantro, as it really made the soup sing. White rice was served alongside and was great at the bottom of the bowl. We also had an amazing beef dish with a plummy sweet but light sauce, and lots of vegetables. The price was right and the fortune cookies were not stale, so I considered Mekong a success. It is a place that you can count on.