Vietnam Georgetown

$$$$ ($15-$24)

Editorial Review

Some nights you might hear more German than English spoken at this tourist standby, but it's also a neighborhood favorite. Watch out for weekends when an out-the-door line often forms, especially when the fair-weather garden area is closed.
The fleet of waiters, dressed in crisp white shirts, black pants and black bow ties, provides excellent, intelligent service.

Inside, Vietnam Georgetown is simple but inviting with ladderback chairs, painted globe fixtures and white linen tablecloths. But if the weather's warm, head to the shady garden in back -- it's truly an urban oasis.
For lunch, don't miss the buffet, which includes a choice of entree, fried rice, mixed vegetables, fried noodles and crispy rolls for only $5.25.
Vietnam Georgetown's crispy rolls (cha gio) are truly crispy, and a great way to start a meal. Otherwise, you can't go wrong with any of the skewered dishes -- chicken, pork and beef -- many of which include a big bowl of soft noodles and assorted vegetables.
-- Kathleen Stanley