100 Best Restaurants 2008: Minh's
No. 66: Minh's
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Cynthia Hacinli, Dave McIntyre
Comments () | Published January 1, 2008
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Address: 2500 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201
Phone: 703-525-2828
Neighborhood: Arlington, Clarendon/Courthouse, Arlington
Cuisines: Vietnamese
Opening Hours: Open Tuesday through Thursday 11 to 10, Friday and Saturday 11 to 11, Sunday 11 to 10.
Nearby Metro Stops: Court House, Clarendon
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Intimate
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Pork vermicelli, both northern (saltier) and southern (sweeter); banh xeo; fried shrimp-and-yam patties; dill-laced catfish, to be broken into hunks and folded into giant leaves of lettuce; a clay pot of sweet/peppery caramel sauce and bits of catfish; ch

Cuisine: Oversize crepes, caramel hot pots, and vermicelli bun issue daily and nightly from this crowd-pleasing Vietnamese restaurant—which, despite a menu of more than 100 dishes, eschews such exotica as pig’s blood and fermented fish in favor of refinement and balance.

Mood: The sprawling dining room occupies the first floor of an office building but—with white tablecloths, bud vases, decorative lanterns, and soft music—exudes an air of casual elegance.

Best for: Big groups (the round tables seat up to ten), including adventurous chow hounds and timid diners alike.

Best dishes: Green-papaya salad; flaky spring rolls with pork; shrimp-and-sweet-potato cakes; shredded-chicken salad; sweet-sour tamarind soup with shrimp and pineapple; a floppy rice-flour crepe with shrimp and pork; bun with grilled shrimp; Northern-style bun with pork; caramelized pork; young-coconut juice; sparkling lemonade.

Insider tips: The more people, the merrier—and the better you’ll eat: Portions are family-style, and you’ll want to share a bunch of plates to get the full array of flavors. If you’re in the mood for pho, head elsewhere.

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