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The best Vietnamese food in Lowell just went on sale for half price--super deal!

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kad barma Jun 23, 2011 05:51 AM

First of all, Viet-Thai is the best Vietnamese food in Lowell. (And if you're going to wear us out with platitudes about Pho 88, all I can say is that you haven't had real Vietnamese food yet if that's your standard, and I'm not saying Pho 88 isn't great--it is). Second of all, for whatever reason they went in with the Lowell Sun on a "SunDailyDeal" (http://www.sundailydeals.com/) that offers $16 worth of food for $8. (Maximum two per customer). Second of all, if you're going to max out your allotment, bring at least 3 or 4 friends, because $32 takes you a LONG way at Viet-Thai. (When you consider you can get it for $16, the deal instantly becomes "must have").

You can not go wrong anywhere on their menu. I like their spring rolls, (translucent, minty fresh and sublime with their peanut sauce), their fried squid, (so lightly breaded and deep fried, and fresh and tender), and their Pad Ke noodles, (with beef, but you can pick your protein), but I have friends just as rabid about their Tom Yum soup and Pho across the board. You can bring your own bottle, but don't miss the shakes for a sweet treat while you're there.

Can't say enough good things about this restaurant, and at half price it's ridiculous.

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Pho 88
1270 Westford St, Lowell, MA 01851

Viet-Thai
368 Merrimack St, Lowell, MA 01852

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    Janeinma Jun 24, 2011 01:13 PM

    if you bought this can you elaborate as to what the expiration date is for this?

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    1. re: Janeinma
      k
      kad barma Jun 24, 2011 01:21 PM

      Purchasing the coupon is available through the end of the day today, and the coupon itself is good through 12/31/11.

    2. galangatron Jun 24, 2011 12:32 PM

      i prefer pho 88 over pho dalat and viet-thai. i think the food is better and they have good specials

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        hargau Jun 24, 2011 09:59 AM

        I like viet thai but the service is pretty horrible. Orders are often mixed up because they waitresses never write anything down. Totally wrong dish, wrong qty of the dish, right dish but wrong protein.. Portions are large and prices are good. Certainly a good deal with the coupon. Food is on the blander side.. Spicing it up with condiments at the table never is quite the same..

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          kad barma Jun 24, 2011 10:44 AM

          Dracut or downtown Lowell? See above about treating it like a window-service place with table delivery. I've never had a problem with order accuracy or speed in downtown Lowell. I've also had very good results in discussing heat with the server when placing my order, and get it plenty lively every time, and certainly not bland. As far as table condiments, have you tried the pepper oil? Guaranteed to satisfy if spicing it up is your goal.

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            hargau Jun 24, 2011 12:03 PM

            ive only been to the downtown lowell one. Didnt know there was another.
            Tried the buffet once, wasnt impressed with it at all.
            You sound as if you work there or something...

            1. re: hargau
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              kad barma Jun 24, 2011 12:11 PM

              Just a downtown Lowell resident/fan. Agreed that the buffet isn't remarkable, but it's not bad for $7.95. All I can say is that I'm not alone being devoted to the place for dinner among my neighbors, and I enjoy the food each and every time.

          2. re: hargau
            hotoynoodle Jun 25, 2011 10:37 AM

            we eat there about once per week. in 3+ years, i've never had a "mixed-up order", whether it's just 2 of us or 6. last night our waiter's english was definitely not excellent, but he was careful with us and the menu to make sure he got it all correct. and he did.

            the food may not be as spicy as some like, but that is not the same as bland.

            the pad ke was excellent again, and so was the squid. (although i am very partial to the squid dipping sauce at simply khmer.)

            we had 3 apps and one main and the check was about $14. after just a few visits, we learned they expect you to pay at the counter, which is not unusual in many low-end asian restaurants. when we're finished, no waiting. if we want stuff boxed, we bring that to the counter as well. no, it's not clio, but it's a downtown lowell fave.

            btw, byob is totally legal there.

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              hargau Jun 25, 2011 11:42 AM

              Guess we have just had real bad luck cause we have only been there like 3 times and seems we had a mixup 2 of the 3..

              As for the spiciness, every time i have picked an item advertised as spicy and stressed we like food VERY hot and spicy.. Yet every time it has come without a hint of spiciness. Even sweet.

              1. re: hargau
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                kad barma Jun 25, 2011 02:35 PM

                "An item advertised as spicy" ?

                Are we talking about Viet-Thai or someplace else? I don't recall anything on their menu indicating "spicy", and you can check this image of their take-out menu yourself and let me know which dish(es) you might be talking about in case I've missed one. http://www.menupix.com/menudirectory/...

                Not every Asian cuisine is based on spice, and certainly my impressions of Vietnamese is that it is not in the same way that Indian or even traditional Thai might be. Which is not to say they can't and won't do spice at Viet-Thai--like I said, I have never had any problem asking for hot and getting it here, and the chile oil on the table has more heat than anyone I know requires. But the essence of the dishes are more savory than plain hot, with spice notes from mint and lime and other traditional Vietnamese flavorings.

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                Viet-Thai
                368 Merrimack St, Lowell, MA 01852

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            GaryLovesFood Jun 24, 2011 08:57 AM

            Service at Viet Thai leaves a lot to be desired; getting the check can take an eternity. I like Viet Thai, but I'll take Pho Dalat over it or Pho 88. But the best Vietnamese in Lowell isn't any of the above; it's Hong Cuc Market for banh mi.

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            Pho 88
            1270 Westford St, Lowell, MA 01851

            Dalat Restaurant
            425 Park Ave, Worcester, MA 01610

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              kad barma Jun 24, 2011 10:42 AM

              Dracut or downtown Lowell? I've never had any delays at all at the downtown store, and my favorite part is that the bring the dishes steaming hot straight from the kitchen the instant they're ready, without staging the entire table at once--always right, and always fast for me so far.

              I've learned that the crowd generally goes to the counter when done for the check--it's more like a window-service place with table delivery of food, rather than a traditional-service restaurant. If you work with them that way, I know you'll have a much better experience.

              It's all about the food there--just go with it!

              1. re: GaryLovesFood
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                kad barma Jun 24, 2011 10:45 AM

                The Banh Mi at Hong Cuc is indeed awesome!

                1. re: GaryLovesFood
                  galangatron Jun 24, 2011 12:38 PM

                  i like the banh mi dac biet (cold cut banh mi) at hong cuc but prefer the banh mi thit nuong (grilled beef/pork banh mi) at yummy express

                  1. re: galangatron
                    justbeingpolite Jun 24, 2011 12:45 PM

                    Really? Is the Thit Nuong the barbecued beef? 'cause I thought that was excellent at hong cuc, ....and a much more generous serving of the meat.

                  2. re: GaryLovesFood
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                    lexpatti Jun 24, 2011 07:54 PM

                    ditto, one of newest addictions are the sandwiches @ hong cuc!!!!

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