lunch at Vien Huong, Wed Feb 6th, noon (downtown Oakland lunch #4 of 2002)
- Marc Wallace
Damon found a little hole in the wall that apparently has huge lines of teens waiting to get in on the weekends. It was going to be a complete experiment, but I've actually been there:
Vien Huong at 712 Franklin, next to the Long Pat market.
They primarily have noodle soups, although some of the rice plates have looked good. Tasty and astonishingly cheap (most of the soups are $4.15).
As always, rsvp if you want the group to wait for you. We'll gather outside (or try to, it's a crowded area) at or just before noon.
Oh: I chose Wednesday for this lunch, instead of Friday. Why? (1) change of pace, might get some new faces. (2) Thu/Fri tend to be more crowded lunch days. (3) some people work in places where either groups of coworkers go out together on Fridays, or things tend to get hectic (hard to put lunch over work!). And finally, the greedy reason: (4) Mi Casa is best on Fridays, and I'm starting to miss it!
I tried this place sometime last year upon a strong recommendation from a friend. Their noodle soup is good. Also I remember the appetizer fish cake was also good. Ice coffee is nice also. It was crowded and we had to wait 10--15 min to get a seat.
This is great, you guys are starting to knock down these restaurants with reviews. But there is tons more. There are at least 30-40 Asian places there that's worth a visit.
Marc: I can't make it (biz mtg in SF) but please don't get discouraged! I love your initiative and wish I could join you more often.
Unfortunately, I sprained something in my foot, so I'm going to miss the lunch. (seems lame for the coordinator to miss it, but...)
Wendy and Nathan and perhaps another one or two folks will be there... you'll probably run into them out front. Just look for people hanging out who aren't in line!