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Cheap Eats 2009: Minh's
Great food, low prices, lots of fun
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Cynthia Hacinli, Ann Limpert, Kate Nerenberg, Rina Rapuano
Comments () | Published June 22, 2009
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Minh's
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

Why go: The setting is as calming as the cooking is exciting. The expansive menu encompasses the saltier dishes of northern Vietnam and the sweet-and-sour dishes of southern Vietnam.

What to get: An appetizer of fried yam-and-shrimp cakes; jumbo escargot stuffed with ground pork,Thank mushrooms, and onions and steamed in a ginger-scented broth; northern-style charbroiled pork with vermicelli; dill-scented catfish to wrap in lettuce leaves; black sticky rice with coconut milk.

Best for: Diners who prefer Zen energy to a frenetic scene; large groups (many tables seat ten or more).

Insider tip: Don’t ignore the piles of mint and cilantro that flank many of the entrées. The dishes are meant to be enhanced by these fragrant herbs.

Open Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner.

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