Why go: Now in its 17th year, the grande dame of the area’s Vietnamese restaurants stands atop a crowded field for its consistency, quality, and freshness. No restaurant is better prepared to introduce a novice to the cuisine. For vets, there’s much to explore and even familiar-sounding dishes are rendered with such care as to seem thrilling and new.
What to get: Thick slices of toast slathered with shrimp paste and thrust under the broiler: simple and irresistible; salty, juicy, lightly caramelized grilled pork with vermicelli; roast quail; ground-beef-stuffed grape leaves, to be garnished with julienned veggies and rolled in warm rice paper; Vietnamese coffee; fresh-made lime soda.
Best for: Celebrations on the cheap.
Insider tip: The 150-plus-item menu doesn’t have many weak spots, but the stir-fries are among them.
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