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Apr 23, 2012 10:07 PM

bánh xèo, ..anything?..anything?...Bueller??

any leads on this vietnamese dosa/crepe east of worcester?

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  1. virtually every Vietnamese place in Boston serves it. are you asking where the best one is? I don't order it often but I think the one at Xinh Xinh is passable.

    1. I've found Xinh Xinh's version, Le's (Harvard Square), Lemongrass, and Pho Pasteur's all okay but nothing special and definitely not worth going out of the way for.

      Recently though we had a great rendition at Le's (Allston), although the caveat being everything we had that night was much much better than any time in the past. I'm not sure if it was a new chef, or an old chef or the time we went (9pm on a Wednesday) but everything was super fresh and cooked with care. The crepe was much better than the other places, very eggy and rich yet tender. It was completely filled with mounds of herbs, sprouts, etc, and the shrimp were decently sized shrimp as opposed to the super tiny (penny sized) shrimp that are used at Xinh Xinh.

      I wonder how the places in Dorchester would do with this dish. They might be worth investigating.

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      1. re: Klunco

        I've had this dish several times at Pho 2000 in Dorchester, and it's very good. Sometimes a little bit greasy, but served packed to the brim with fillings, and with lots of fresh vegetables.

        I think I've also had it at Pho Hoa in Dorchester, but I'm not positive. But as Luther says, virtually every Vietnamese place in Boston serves it.

        1. re: Dave MP

          They def have it at Pho Hoa on Dot Ave. I saw it every 30 seconds on their tv screen last night.

          1. re: C. Hamster

            yes, it's available at Pho Hoa, but I didn't like it when I went about a month ago. very very oily and bland. I remember liking the one at Dong Khanh much more.

          2. re: Dave MP

            +1 on Pho2000 - one of my favorites when I lived (relatively) nearby. I think the one place that *doesn't* have it is Anh Hong - which is too bad since everything I've ever tried there has been pretty great. But Pho2000's is definitely worth a trip.

            1. re: MichaelB

              Does Pho 2000 serve anything that's not far above average or excellent?

              1. re: Luther

                I can't tell if that question is supposed to be rhetorical or sarcastic or something....but I think Pho 2000 overall is very good, but not everything is amazing. I've had caramelized pork there that is just OK, and I don't think their spring rolls are that special either. But along with Xinh Xinh and Pho Hoa (Dorchester), I think it's one of the best Vietnamese restaurants in Boston. It's reliable and consistent and there's lots to explore on the menu.

                1. re: Dave MP

                  +1 on all three places. Although sometimes 2000's preparations can be rustic, like with a ton of bones.

          3. any vietnamese restaurant should have banh xeo on the menu. you can also find it on occasion in the prepared foods section at banh mi ba le

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            1. re: galangatron

              You beat me to it! A touch greasy, but one of my favorite guilty pleasures!

            2. Most all have it (and it's easy enough to make with ingredients they'd have on hand even if it's not on the menu), but I've found some places in Boston don't serve it with the traditional accompaniments of lettuce leaves for rolling and vinaigrette for dipping. I have had it soggy, too, at Le's and Pho N Rice. The best used to be Pho Pasteur in Chinatown, but I've been disappointed the last few years.

              1. I have fond memories of eating a non-crispy, omeletty version listed on the menu as "Vietnamese pizza" at that place run by the old guy on Brighton Av in Allston where Gitlo's was... anyone remember what that place was?

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                  1. re: galangatron

                    wow. would never remembered the name but i think this is where i first had this dish,( like i could resist something called "vietnamese pizza" ). this is what i think of when i imagine this dish. cool.