Wednesday, April 4, 2012

VIETNAMESE

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Hue
2691 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.

The décor at Hue is simply elegant from the small bar to the dining room.  Start with an appetizer sampler complete with fried shrimp and small skewers of grilled beef. Banh xeo is a crepe filled with more bean sprouts than meat. The pho is prepared with a fine beef stock and the slices of brisket are tender and flavorful. Prices are higher than at other local Vietnamese spots but the setting and service more than compensate. (J.B.) $$. CC. FB. 294-0483


Phan's Garden

1923 W. National Ave.

The menu has a split personality—half Chinese and half Vietnamese. The Vietnamese is the reason to visit. Many customers can be seen eating bowls of noodles with broth. Pho dac biet is a typical version with beef and rice noodles. The Vietnamese offerings are many with fine egg rolls, steamed rolls with pork, papaya salad and curries with lemongrass. (J.B.) $-$$. 384-4522


Pho 27

4756 S. 27th St.

Pho 27 is in an area with several Vietnamese dining options. But this is more than just a soup and noodles eatery. The menu is a good one with a few Chinese entrees thrown in. But the Vietnamese is the real draw. The egg rolls are crispy and better than the norm and the Mekong fish in clay pot is not to be missed. Pho does not compromise for the American palate. The special beef pho will include tendons and tripe. But most other items are very appealing especially the rice plate with those great grilled beef short ribs. Prices are very affordable. (J.B.) $-$$. CC. Handicap access. 282-9990.


Pho Hai Tuyet

3881 S. 27th St.

Pho Hai Tuyet is small with only a few tables but the size is compensated by superb Vietnamese fare. Look for the house specialty, pho, a large bowl of Vietnamese rice noodle soup and a meal in itself. There are 25 versions, mostly prepared with beef, chicken or seafood. Customize this with assorted fresh vegetables, herbs and various condiments. Other options include excellent Vietnamese egg rolls, green papaya salad and some very tasty grilled pork chops.  (J.B.) $. CC. Handicap access. 282-8041


West Bank Cafe

732 E. Burleigh St.

West Bank remains the best place for Vietnamese food. Try steamed mussels with cream sauce, steamed fresh rolls and the great fantail shrimp for appetizers. Chicken lemon grass is a Vietnamese classic. (J.B.) $$. CC. FB, RS. Handicap access. 562-5555