Thursday, December 23, 2010

Eating Out - Vietnamese

Nothing warms your belly on a cold day like a giant bowl of Pho.

Minh's Vietnamese Restaurant (Vietnamese)

Every so often, we have a Saturday where we don't want to do anything. Even picking out a movie (or basketball game) can seem like a chore when you're having a day like that. Well, we had one of those last weekend, and needless to say - neither of us felt like cooking. What we did feel like was Vietnamese food, so we scraped ourselves off the living room furniture and ventured to Arlington.

  • I always beat up on Arlington, especially Clarendon. It's the kind of neighbor where everything feels like a college bar, even the Whole Foods. Still, we didn't feel like driving, and Minh's had some decent reviews. We thought it would be worth and shot, and we definitely left happy.
  • Kathryn was the one who suggested Vietnamese based on a craving for summer rolls, and Minh's did not disappoint. In fact, they were some of the best we've ever had. The rice paper was soft and fresh, and the ingredients seemed well balanced.
  • Kathryn stuck with the classic spring roll and pork virmicelli, but I opted for the beef pho (pronounce "fuh" as in fuhgettaboutit). Pho is the perfect cold weather food. It's giant bowl of broth swimming with bean sprouts, basil, noodles, and beef. For good measure, I always add a bit of jalapeƱo and sriracha sauce to bring the heat. It may not be the best pho I've ever had, but it was the most fulfilling. I left feeling warm, well fed, and even sleepier (if that's even possible).
  • In sum, Minh's is in line with the best Vietnamese food we've had in this city, but the only thing missing is the "adventure" you get from Eden Center.

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