I came at the most crowded time - on Lunar New Year. There were lion dance, firecrackers and many festivities happening at the big shopping complex anchored by LION.
We ended up trying PHO BANG accross the street. Decent pho (rare beef flank). The broth is nice but nothing to rave about. The usual beansprouts, jalapeno slices and some minty leaves.
I also tried their pork chop, shredded pork, egg cake over rice. The pork chop is small and acceptable tasting. It was a bit dry and not particularly flavorful as I had before. It is competently made. The dish came with a small bowl of soup and also a small bowl of spicy vinegar sauce. I would not reorder this.
The 3 colored drink is good. It had mung beans, jelly and some red beans. I also ordered fresh squeezed orange juice. It is great.
I saw teriyaki chicken rice plate that looked very delicious. Lots of people are ordering those. I probably made a mistake in ordering.
The interesting restaurant that I peeked was called NGA-TRANG or something like that. It had rice plates that looked delicious. The meats were grilled nicely. The steak with tomato rice also looked very decent.
The food court at the LION plaza was mobbed with crowds. So I peeked and left. Lots of good food there too. And many of the dishes are displayed so you don't need to know Vietnamese to order them.
All these places have very reasonable prices (under $10)