Green Leaf is the kind of place you selfishly want to keep a secret. The Vietnamese food is delicious and exciting and satisfying and good-looking and cheap as hell—a gift of greatness at hole-in-the-wall prices. Try the bahn xeo, a savory crepe made with rice flour and coconut milk, scented and colored with turmeric, crisp outside, moist and chewy inside, filled with bean sprouts, shrimp, and pork (with a bonus heap of cilantro, basil, mint, and lettuce). The beef la lot is especially good here, as is cabbage salad with duck, and green papaya salad with charred, grilled whole shrimp, and lots of other stuff. The servers are kind and helpful. Green Leaf is great.
2800 First Ave,
Cheap Eats, 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).