There’s a reason this Vietnamese joint is usually packed, and that it has opened successful branches outside of its original International District location, in Belltown and Bellevue. You can order pretty much anything off the rather expansive menu and be content in the knowledge that you’ll leave satisfied no matter what it is—any of the vermicelli or rice combos (the latter often served with a fried egg on top), a range of pho and congee, and fresh offerings ala goi du du (fresh green papaya salad). I’m particularly enamored of the bot chien (rice flour cakes that are crispy on the outside, gooey in the middle, pan-fried with egg and scallions, and paired with a sweet soy dipping sauce), and the beef spare ribs, more like mini ribeyes coated in a light barbecue sauce and covered in sautéed green onions. LEILANI POLK
2800 First Ave,
Cheap, Family Friendly
Full Menu, Happy Hour, Wine & Beer Only
Daily 4-6 pm, 10 pm-2 am ($1 off drafts, $4 house wines, $5 Jameson, Fireball, Fernet and El Jimador, $6 specialty cocktails, $5 appetizers).