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Best Vietnamese Restaurant Minneapolis 2012 - Trieu Chau

Trieu Chau

Trieu Chau

500 University Ave.

St. Paul, MN 55103

612-222-6148

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It's not hard to find Vietnamese food in Frogtown; the streets are paved with banh mi and steaming bowls of pho. But there are several reasons why Trieu Chau consistently has a packed house. First, there is its take on pho: addictive and uniquely flavored with a hint of sweetness, the broth clean and perfectly spiced. Sure, the menu at Trieu Chau is full of items that can easily be found elsewhere, but as with the pho, the place adds something special to dishes like its vermicelli salad, heaped with grilled shrimp and barbecue pork, that make it the go-to spot when you need that perfect comfort food. That may be why Trieu Chau has been in business since the late '80s. While some might call it a hole in the wall — it's true there's nothing fancy here — it's the kind of place that feels extra cozy on a winter's day, the kind of room where you won't feel weird sitting alone. The owner is always extra friendly, making it seem like your happiness is truly his concern. While "fast and cheap" is not always a flattering description, let this be the exception. Here your food typically arriving within 10 minutes with a bill under $10.

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YourGirlfriendsLover
YourGirlfriendsLover

Really happy to see Trieu Chau get what it deserves. I began driving to Trieu Chau every Friday night from WI before heading to meet Volkswagen buddies on University in 2004. A group of 4-5 of us would meet up and have a huge spread of food and apps. My first dish there was the sweet and sour chicken (still the best sweet and sour chicken I've ever had), but now its all about the Pho. Like others have said, the service is what takes an already outstanding place and elevates it to an even higher level. I think its safe to say 75% of the staff have been there 6+ years. One word of advice, bring cash as checks $10 > are cash only.

Js78
Js78

There food is amazing!! been to most of the places around there and nothing compares! Its fast, cheap, so delicious and the owners and servers are super great!!! I Have been going there for years and am constantly bringing new people to try it and they keep going back too!! The Pho is the BEST!! The hot and spicy chicken or beef are great!!! There Bahn Mi is sooo yummy that its almost always sold out by 2pm for the day so get it early. Tried other dishes and they were good too but have my favorites. And finally they have special hoisen sauce that can not be found anywhere else and is sooooooo addicting!! Love this Place!!!

David Hoover
David Hoover

I may not be qualifed to comment on TC as I've only eaten there about 150 times. The only thing better than the food is the pleasant personalities and friendly smiles of the people who bring it to you. There's a reason you see the same people there over and over. The best phở and Vietnamese coffee.

anon
anon

The pho is unbelievable!

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