BEST VIETNAMESE RESTAURANT - 2004
Pho Tau Bay
Tucked away at the south end of Eat Street, facing both the railroad tracks and the car wash, is a gem of an eatery. An electric incense shrine greets guests at the door and a host of authentic Vietnamese dishes grace the table. A full selection of banh mi (Vietnamese sandwiches) starting at $2 make for a great lunchtime option. (Buy 10 sandwiches and the 11th is free!) More leisurely luncheons may include one of the delectable noodle soups. All told, the menu lists 36 noodle soup options--each served in a bowl the size of your head--19 vermicelli salads, and 15 broken-rice platters. Less adventurous diners (or parents of picky eaters) will be glad to know that less authentic standbys such as lo mein and fried rice are tucked away at the back of the menu. The dining experience here is simple, perfect for families, groups of friends, or quick lunch jaunts from the heart of downtown. And yes, they deliver.