This Vietnamese restaurant in Clarendon is an antidote to the unimaginative renditions of Asian food that proliferate and to the comfort food that has become a default setting at many restaurants. A meal here is a chance to recalibrate and restore the senses.
Minh's is nicer and comfier than many of the holes-in-the-wall in Falls Church's Eden Center, the area's de facto Little Vietnam. But that's just a bonus. Our enthusiasm is for the intensity of flavors coming from Anh Nguyen's kitchen. You shouldn't have to shell out a small fortune for a restaurant to provide a memory to hold onto.
What to get: Shrimp-and-yam patties; bun cha, charred pork meatballs in spicy fish sauce; Hanoi-style sizzling catfish with dill and mint; clay pots of pork or catfish; lemongrass-marinated short ribs; Vietnamese coffee; tempura-fried bananas.
Open Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner. Inexpensive.