100 Best Restaurants 2012: Minh's
Tried and True: 10 Restaurants that Have Consistently Offered Very Good Dining
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Cynthia Hacinli, Ann Limpert, Rina Rapuano
Comments () | Published January 13, 2012
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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

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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.

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