Jasmine Deli and Jasmine 26
I was introduced to Vietnamese food at Jasmine Deli. It's run by the uber-friendly Truong family and is an excellent place to drop in with a friend to grab a mock duck bahn mi, a noodle salad and a Vietnamese iced coffee (drip-brewed dark roast coffee mixed with sweetened condensed milk). It's both affordable and satisfying.
Jasmine 26 is Jasmine Deli's up-scale sister shop with a liquor license. Run by the same family, 26 whips up spiked bubble teas at the bar and a more refined version of Vietnamese than that found at the Deli.
Known for its huge, steaming bowls of pho, this family run Eat Street shop offers a tasty oasis for those fed up of winter.
Winner of CityPages' 2010 Best Vietnamese , Saigon has amazing bahn mi for $3.50 a sandwich. You can't afford to miss it.
Another Eat Street shop, Pho 79 is authentic and affordable. It has a weekday lunch buffet and offers its famous pho Monday through Sunday.
Ngon Vietnamese Bistro
Ngon (pronounced "Nong") is visually outstanding when compared with other Vietnamese restaurants in the Twin Cities. It specializes in fusion cuisine, mixing Vietnamese style and inventiveness with local ingredients. They serve craft beers and organic wines. Note Ngon down under Date Night Ideas.
Jonathon Sharp is an intern with WCCO.com.
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