221 N. 11th St., 215/592-1163,
HOURS: Sun.–Thurs. 11 a.m.–9:30 p.m.,
Fri.–Sat. 11 a.m.–10:30 p.m.
COST: Most entrées between $10–20
One of Philadelphia’s most popular Vietnamese restaurants, Vietnam occupies a warm, inviting space in the heart of Chinatown. It’s hard to go wrong with anything on the reasonably priced menu.
Crispy spring rolls and tender summer rolls are top-notch, as is the grilled BBQ platter that lets you sample a range of appetizers. For entrées, catfish cooked in a clay pot and a variety of vermicelli and pho dishes do not disappoint.
You may have to wait for a table on weekends, but you can order a strong specialty drink from the full bar to pass the time.
Vietnam’s main competitor is Vietnam Palace (222 N. 11th St., 215/592-9596), just across the street. It’s also a local favorite, so try both if you have time.
© Karrie Gavin from Moon Philadelphia, 1st Edition