The Phoenix Vietnamese Restaurant was another great local place our friends in Seattle brought us to. We love Vietnamese food and this little place was not a disappointment. It was very convenient, we could walk there right from their house. You are not likely to come here as a tourist but if staying north of the city or driving that way to Vancouver it is right off the Interstate. It's a simple but clean place with very quick and friendly service. They serve standard Vietnamese fare and that's just what we went for.
Favorite Dish: Pho is a beef rice noodle soup served in a huge bowl and traditionally served for breakfast in Vietnam. It does just fine as a lunch entry here and features a delicious delicately spiced broth, slices of raw beef that cook instantly, and many fresh herbs that you garnish the dish with. Don't forget the lime, it gives it the perfect little zest. Bun Thit Nuong is Vietnam's answer to bbq. The pork is marinated and grilled to perfection and placed over rice vermicelli with fresh vegetables and herbs. It is served cold and tossed like a salad. Looking for a great light meal, this is it. Meals are in the $7 range and from memory, this place was in that category. There are fancier places popping up but true Vietnamese food is simple and amazing. There's no need to pay more for something less authentic.
Great food and very inventive. Nice place for lunch or dinner with a good wine list.
Favorite Dish: Try the wild mushroom and duck stuffed squid appetizer. Sounds bizarre, but it tastes so good. It is lightly grilled and the squid is super tender.
Saigon Deli doesn't have any seats but it's a great place to get food for carryout.
Saigon Deli specializes in Vietnamese sandwiches but also have a dozen or two other hot items of the day - such as shrimp, fish dishes, meatballs, veggies. In addition, they offer various desserts and drinks such as bubble tea.
Saigon Deli offers about 10 different tasty sandwiches on a big peace of fresh French bread - all for about $1.50 - $1.75. The regular hot dishes are $2-$4.
The place doesn't have a website that I can find but here is a review:
Try it if you are in town!
Favorite Dish: My favorite item is the grilled pork sandwich (now called BBQ Sandwich). It's on a 8-9" (20-22 cm) piece of French bread with grilled pork, pickled vegetables, and some "special" sauce. It tastes best heated up. They can heat it up for you there if you are going to eat immediately or do it yourself when you are ready to eat it.
Try some of the hot dishes as well! It's really a good deal and quite tasty.
Intimate, loungy and on the trendy side Capitoll Hill restaurant.
Great service and awesome food.
Favorite Dish: I had the crab cakes and the wild alaskan salmon which were fantastic.
My partner had the bearibs and he describes them as a gastronomical experience