Oh Denver. Will you ever forgive me? While I petition the Holy See for the forgiveness of the Sin of Ignoring My City, I give you food and not just regular ole’ Joe Food.
This is the stuff of thousands of miles away. Vietnamese Cuisine at it’s best. So good, I’ve become addicted and like regular “needing a hit” clockwork I swing by this place at least once a week to dine on the amazing food that just makes me smile typing bout it.
It’s simply called “Vietnamese Cuisine” and it’s a bit off the normal beaten path for some of us but others might enjoy taking a ride into Montbello for this sampling of satisfaction squared. Off topic for a second, but Montbello has some of the more cool local restaurants I’ve haunted in my time in this city. I’ve got a fish place to review, simply oooyeaa Mexican place and then there’s this awesome Chinese with a eye opening lunch special that is so good I drool in anticipation of lunch when I know I’m headed there. Back to Vietnam…
It’s run by a guy named “Don” as far as I can figure (more on that later) and his wife and various family members. When off school, his dutiful elementary age daughter plays the part of hostess and deliver of never ending Pepsi. I’ve become a regular (and I have my regular meal that I just adore) but we rarely talk. I come in from work seeking solace and Don seems to understand that. I read my Wall Street Journal while he works around the kitchen and front counter.
I know his name is Don because one late afternoon I had been forced into working late (damn the man!) and crawled in ready to throw myself into traffic. With Don’s food, I was better. Several Denver Police Officers came in (I resisted the urge to run since my record is just sooo long) and it was quickly apparent they knew Don and he knew them. It was pretty cool to see local PD supporting the local food guy. That and it was cool to see DPD roll up in their cars. Me a police geek.
Anyway, the food. See below for a blurry cell phone picture of my meal. Shrimp and Pork over a bed of rice with tomatoes, carrots, and cucumber with some mouth watering make you do the funky chicken dance while whistling “the Good Bad and The Ugly” eggrolls. Oh and the hot sauce? That stuff is just awesome to soak the egg rolls in and then devour letting the roar of fire invade your mouth. Hot stuff.
You can also get it in a noodle bowl which I found is my preference. I would encourage you to check it out. There is no PHO there as far as I know. Don also has some kicker Vietnamese Coffee he might be able to rustle up for you. I don’t drink coffee at all , but he offered it to me one day and I had to say I was impressed.
On the menu 6N is a fav and 8N is what I call the works. Chicken, Beef, Pork, Eggrolls, on a bed of Noodles and veggies. That’s my secret weapon to get happy.
I hope Denverites out there will check it out. Address and all is below. Don’t expect high end stuff ’cause I ain’t gonna sell you that. I’ll point you to the places that are anti-foofy, local and good for the price.
Photo Via InfoUSA
Vietnamese Cuisine – Google Maps Link
4701 Peoria St # 47, Denver, CO
previous food reviews: