BEST VIETNAMESE RESTAURANT (1999)
None of the Vietnamese restaurants have really pulled their act together to equal a Sawatdee or a Rainbow Chinese. But we wait, we wait, confident that the time will come. When the perfect Vietnamese restaurant arrives, it will have light noodle soups like they do at the Phuong Café, just-made, sprightly rice-paper rolls like the ones at the Quang Deli, well-marinated grilled meats on the bun noodle salads they make at Trieu Chau, and the (undeserved) dedicated following the Lotus has been granted. Meanwhile, our heart belongs to Bona and its light, eggy, herb-filled pancakes, extra-friendly service, beer list, and sparkling-clean ambiance.