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Jun 15, 2010 11:05 AM

Need Vietnamese Recommendations Please

A distant cousin on mine is moving here with his wife from TX. They got an apartment in Albany Park, and him and his mom are coming here for a couple days to get things settled. He likes Vietnamese food, which I know very little about. I used to live in Edgewater years ago and I assume around the Argyle redline stop would be a good neighborhood for Vietnamese, but can anyone recommend specific locations that aren't too pricey? A few of us are going to meet up with them for lunch Friday. Also, I personally cannot handle the capsium heat that the rest of my family so enjoys, so if you have any specific recommendations for me on that line, it would be very much appreciated as well!

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  1. Ben Tre Cafe, on the north side of Touhy Ave. just east of Kedzie Ave. (next to McDonald's).

    Ben Tre Cafe
    3146 W Touhy Ave, Chicago, IL 60645

    1. I live in AP -- a hearty welcome to the 'hood to your family.

      Yep, get thee to Pho Xe Tang (Tank) on Argyle and Broadway for pho and lots of other Vietnamese tastiness. Our faves are #39 and #92. #39 is what we like to call "The Big Ass Bowl of Pho" it's huge! It's all beef pho with tripe, tendon, flank steak, brisket, meatballs. Delightful, but you better be hungry. It's only $7, so it's a great deal. The #92 is a chicken curry soup and it's fabulous, creamy coconuty curry-ness! There are great rice dishes, too. Tank is BYOB too, so pick up some beer and enjoy!

      Ba Le across the street is great bahn mi sandwiches. Closer to AP is Nhu Lan for bahn mi sandwiches at Lawrence just a tad east of California. Delish!

      1721 Town Center St Ste 104, Aurora, IL 60504

      1. If you are in Albany Park, you can actually skip the Argyle area. A few places closer to you I'd say are better than the places in Argyle. (I live in Andersonville, walking distance to Argyle, and I still will venture out to these places)

        For Banh Mi: I agree with Nhu Lan bakery, 2612 W Lawrence.
        For pho and the rest: Hoanh Long. 6144 N. Lincoln Ave

        I hope they know that Albany park is the Korean food center of Chicago. Just wonder around Lawrence, or Lincoln, and find a place, I have yet to be disappointed. I have had great meals at San Chae. 3737 W Lawrence, and So Gong Dong Tofu house, at 3307 W Bryn Mawr.

        1. don't know what happened there, but my post sort of replicated itself. and now it's not editing...