Vietnam Nom Nom

by sara on April 8, 2010

Vietnam Restaurant
4302 Bryan Street
Dallas, TX 75204

AZN food FTW!!  I love using acronyms my parents don’t understand.  They’ll read Foodgarbl and say “I didn’t get it.”  I use times like that to bond with them and catch them up to 2010.  Except it can get kind of awkward like when I had to explain “MILF” to my dad after he heard it on Jay Leno.  I was all OMG!

Any damn way, we finally branched out at lunch yesterday and didn’t go to Baker Brothers or Cafe Express for the 8,000,000th time!!  Instead, we hopped in a borrowed minivan and hit up Vietnam near downtown.

Astro Pimp'n

I’m a n00b and forgot to take pictures so I’ll have to let the words do the talking.  We walked in and you would have thought my Asian co-worker was Miley Cyrus.  The whole place went bananas.  Apparently she’s been there a lot and they think she is the hottest thing since pork roll.  So we all strolled in with a little extra swagga being with a celebrity and all.  They put us at the corner table in the back room (where they probably put all the famous people that come to Dallas) and immediately took our drink order.  We had a rookie at the table who had never had Vietnamese food before.  One look and you could tell she might pho cup if we didn’t help her.  The celebrity recommended the pho with cooked beef.  SHE LOVED IT.  Winner!!!  I had the pho with tofu and with the added vegetation of cilantro, bean sprouts, jalapenos, thai basil and sriracha sauce it was out of ferkin control.  Best of all – the added foliage is free!  I can’t even remember what the celebrity ordered because I was still in awe of her badass minivan and I was trying really hard not to tard out because we had a manager with us.  Sara on her best behavior = sweating, nervous tick, tourettes comments like “I know she looks like Barney!” out of the blue, randomly staring at things like aquariums or bald heads, and saying 4 Hail Mary’s in the hopes that I keep my job another day.  The lunch was an overall success and it was cheap as hell, dawg.

If you’ve been keeping up with your daily Garbl, you’ll know that we are trying to give you money saving tips for these trying times (THANKS LAURA BUSH).  So hit up Vietnam Restaurant next time you’re downtown and grab some pho or the buffet for under $8.  You’ll feel like you went to Golden Corral in Saigon.

Other money saving tips:

  • Eat at car dealerships on the weekend.  Many of them offer free hot dogs and sodas if you test drive a car.  The Cadillac dealerships even had bar-b-q catered a few times.  I’m a classy gal and this is how I roll.  Get used to it.
  • Wait until your co-workers go to meetings then check their lunch in the fridge.  If you work at a big enough company with multiple refrigerators you can typically get away with taking a sandwich or apple here and there.  If you get caught just say it looked EXACTLY like the lunch you brought.  “I know I can’t believe you use homemade pumpernickel bread too!”
  • Go to Sam’s or Costco on Sunday afternoon for lunch.  Don’t buy anything while you’re there because NO ONE needs to buy 8lbs of frozen tilapia.  Just push a cart around while taking samples of the food.  If you really like something, ask the person if they know where you can find the applesauce and point down the aisle.  When they turn around, take the tray and dump it in your purse/murse.
  • Visit nursing homes.  Lunch is at noon and dinner is at 5.  My grandmother never finishes what is on her plate.  But I do!  Plus you get to hear cool stories about farms and dust bowls.
  • Borrow from neighbors.  Used to be standard to borrow a cup of sugar from a neighbor if you needed to make some cookies and ran out.  Times have changed.  Borrow 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, a package of spring mix and a pint of ice cream.  Tell them you’ll repay them and then make plans to move soon.
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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Huzaifa April 9, 2010 at 10:31 am

It’s the AZN nukka F&$* the rest, Dallas to New York Jigga, we the best!!!


Miley Cyrus April 9, 2010 at 1:49 pm

Party in Vietnam! I enjoyed the vermicelli bowl I had immensely. Next time I’m getting pho – pho sure!


HeatherBakes April 14, 2010 at 11:05 pm

Okay, I just got through reading your hilarious comment on my blog (Jack says thanks for the compliments) and had to come check this out. I’m glad I did! Can’t wait to read the Rusty Taco review.


Rookie April 15, 2010 at 12:27 am

For my first pho experience, the pho with cooked beef was the perfect choice! Will be indulging again! Shout out to my celebrity whoa-di for leading me on this wonderful journey. And to all my whoa-dis for eating lunch with me on a daily basis. Holla.


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