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Vietnamese in the Chicago area

So I just started dating a wonderful Vietnamese girl and I would like to suprise here by taking her to a Vietnamese resturant. Any suggestions?

thanks in advance...

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  1. My favorites are Le Colonial and LeLan.....my favorite being the former...Very romantic and good

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    1. re: gunz1

      Check this thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/116556, a bit dated but still useful.

      I'd strongly concur regarding Mykha's in Glen Ellyn, particularly for special occasions.

    2. Le Lan is Vietnamese-French fusion - very good and quite expensive. Le Colonial is more mid-range, with good food and a pleasant colonial-period atmosphere (and a traditional Viietnamese menu). But if you want an inexpensive place, try Tank, on the corner of Argyle and Broadway in the city's Vietnamese commercial area. It's a large,bustling storefront (I think it's BTOB, but if you're interested you should check with them). I don't think you can go wrong at any of these three, but they're all quite different experiences (and price ranges).

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      1. re: Akatonbo

        Not to be confused with Tank on Lincoln, which is a sushi joint. But the locations of the two are obviously different - in terms of Broadway v. Lincoln, that is.

        http://chicago.metromix.com/restauran...

      2. My favorite is Hai Yen on Argyle. Not a fancy place, but phenomenal authentic and inexpensive food. My friend has an annual party for the Vietnamese New Year and always has Hai Yen do the catering.

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        1. re: LisaSue

          I was at Hai Yen not too long ago - it's your typical low-budget, nice clean interior and does have really great food. There's an item on the menu that's basically a few different beef dishes, and I am still craving the beef soup. I wish it weren't so far from me!

        2. I would 2nd an above poster's rec for Tank Noodle on Broadway. One of the best meals I have had this year, I dream about the Pho.

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          1. re: swsidejim

            I had pho yesterday at Tank noodle, for the first time in quite a while, and it was as good as ever. The broth, beef tenderloin and tendon were pretty good, but the noodles were among the best I have ever tasted. Well worth the 6.95 price tag. Tank has around 200 items on the menu.

          2. Sorry, I just posted this on another thread, but take her to Simply It in Lincoln Park! It's a family run restaurant where everything is super fresh and delicious. I probably sound like I work there... but I actually just really love the place. It's also kind of a romantic setting, too, a little quiet, so it might work really well for date night. And it's super cheap for such fresh and delicious food!!

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            Simply It
            2269 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60614