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Vanessa's Bistro and Bui

DogGone Hungry | Sep 20, 200608:48 AM     12

Went to Vanessa's Bistro last week on Solano Ave. and it was a great meal. We had:
Crispy Baby Back Ribs - you get 3 ribs and the flavor was good and the meat fell off the bone
Roasted Beet Salad - not Vietnamese but an excellent salad, the strawberry vinaigrette was good
Clay Pot Rice - great combination and with some crispy rice at the bottom
Garlic Noodles - one of the best I've had (only Thah Long is better), very garlicy
Jasmine Rice
With a glass of wine and a lemonade, it came to $50 (including tax). I thought this was very reasonable. We were waited by the owner's son and the service was excellent.

A few days later we went to Bui. The hostess was very nice but the service and food was not great. We waited a long time for the waiter to take our order and finally a different waiter took it. We had:
Imperial Rolls - tasteless
cup of the Noodle Soup - the broth of this soup was actually good
Fried Calamari - I don't know what part of the squid this came from but it seemed like calamari steak cut into strips
Shaken Beef - this was also not too bad
Rice
Hot Coffee - made Vietnamese style and way too sweet
Tiramisu - I don't know why this was on the menu but it was ok

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