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Jan 6, 2011 09:57 AM

ISO Vietnamese restaurant in Rockville/Bethesda/Gaithersburg

Anybody have any recommendations? Thanks.


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  1. There's a pho place (Pho 79?) next to China Bistro in Rockville. Can't think of much else in that direction except Lucky Corner up in Frederick.

    China Bistro
    755 Hungerford Dr, Rockville, MD

    1. flavrmeistr didn't try too hard:

      Bethesda - Green Papaya
      Rockville - Taste of Saigon
      Rockville - Pho 75 (pho only)
      Rockville - Ba Le
      Rockville - Pho Nam (pho and springrolls only)
      Gaithersburg - Pho and Grill

      Of these, Taste of Saigon is my favorite.

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      1. re: reiflame

        Heh. I didn't try at all. My favorites are in Arlington and Falls Church. Rockville is for Chinese food.

        1. re: flavrmeistr

          rice paddies grill in bethesda- fast, casual, delicious. recommend pork noodle bowl, and summer rolls. went there tonight.

          1. re: chicken kabob

            I'd stay far away from Rice Paddies, and Taste of Saigon is now skewed too much toward Americanized tastes (i.e., heavy on the sugar). Pho 75 and Ba Le are good bets if you're up that way (and the Saigon place next to Ba Le is passable), but nothing on the order of the better Eden Center places for full-service menus.

            Eden Center
            Falls Church, VA, USA, Falls Church, VA

            Taste of Saigon
            410 Hungerford Dr, Rockville, MD 20850

            1. re: Marty L.

              There seems to be no separate thread for Ba Le, so I will post here and in the other relevant threads. I went to Ba Le today. The logo gave me hope that it was part of the Chicago-based restaurant but it is not. And the food is nothing like it. In fact it was pr etty awful. They were out of a number of things including banh mi. I got a sub with bbq pork. The bread was mushy, the pork was disgusting. I also tried the lemongrass chicken on rice. I was grossed out when I opened the container. Large red chunks of unidentifiable meat-like substance. Horrible flavor. Went right into the trash. I know people like it but I can't imagine why.

              1. re: Just Visiting

                Alas, revisited BaLe recently and have to agree with the others in this thread -- major downhill turn. Doesn't really resemble the BaLe of old -- now dark, tired, limited menu. New owners? This is a great loss.

        2. re: reiflame

          Second Taste of Saigon for Vietnamese food, and Pho 75 for pho. Definitely the cream of the crop in the 270 corridor.

          Taste of Saigon
          410 Hungerford Dr, Rockville, MD 20850

        3. In Rockville, I like Pho Hoa Binh better than the others! Also, IMO less MSG used.

          Staff was very nice. Great papaya salad too.

          1. This isn't Rockville/Bethesda/Gaithersburg.... but, try MiCaLay in Wheaton. It's behind the HungPhat market in the old Nava Thai place. It's excellent. They have the best noodle soups and a variety of other yummy dishes.

            Nava Thai Restaurant
            11315 Fern St, Silver Spring, MD 20902

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            1. re: daphy

              Mi La Cay is the actual name. Very tasty and inexpensive.

              I can't believe how BaLe has gone down the drain.

              1. re: daphy

                +1 on MiCaLay in Wheaton - good noodle bowls, various appetizers - friendly and family run.

                Can't speak to the other dishes, but "Saigonese" on Grandview Avenue in Wheaton makes very nice banh mi sandwiches at the usual low prices - definitely worth a stop.

              2. I've tried several places in the Gaithersburg / Germantown area for both Pho and Bahn Mi, and they are all good, but I really enjoyed my experiences at the least fancy of them all, the place between the firestation and the Exxon station on Montgomery Village Ave. There is signage that says Pho but in the phone book I think it is B & Y Deli, and the name on the receipt is something like Beer and Wine, It is a beer and wine store with maybe ten tables.

                The menu is mostly pho and sandwiches - - a variety, and the ones we have tried are excellent. The woman is very sweet and you can tell she is delighted to serve us.

                B & Y Deli
                20 Montgomery Village Ave, Gaithersburg, MD 20879