On a recent trip from San Francisco to Lake Tahoe, we were looking for a Sacramento-area restaurant with interesting food where we could grab a quick bite not far from the highway. Vientiane in West Sacramento fit the bill exactly, and I'm so glad we went. Service was warm, the food was a treat, and it brought back fond memories of traveling in Lao.
We ordered Lao sausage, larb, and a noodle soup with meatballs and shrimp (can't remember the name). My favorite was the fragrant house-made Lao sausage--beautiful texture and herbal flavor, two pieces served fried and split into thirds. Larb was also good--ground pork fried with scallions, flavored with lime and cilantro. Soup was good but not remarkable, broth redolent of star anise.
Definitely remarkable: the price. I think we paid around $25 for dinner for two. I'd definitely return, can't wait to go back.