I don't know how many times I've eaten at Vien Dong (South 38th and Yakima) in the Historical Lincoln District. I used to meet my buddies there for lunch when we all kind of worked in that area, and with my wife, and son Del and his family, but hadn't dined there for some time. It's been a couple of years.
Nothing has changed. The people are still friendly and engergetic. The service is still quick. The menu has everything you would want in soup and noodles cooked in "Authentic Vietnamese Cuisene style." The prices are sooooooo reasonable.
If your food takes longer than five minutes to be served, it must mean there is a power failure.
People are starting to call this area Tacoma's International District. I love all kinds of food . . . French, German, Chinese, Mexican, Irish, Thai . . . and the people who cook it. So, please, bring it on.
Pho, a Vietnamese noodle soup is generally more than I can eat. Once I start on the noodles, I can't get to the broth. If I start in with the broth . . . well, you see how it goes, so I usually just go for the appetizers.
Peg and I stopped in for lunch, but that just means around noon. For what they serve the time time changes, but the food doesn't. While Peg ordered the Vietnamese Fresh Roll (the the see-through wrappers) with peanut sauce, I ordered two deep fried egg rolls. I had two bites of her fresh roll, and she had half of one egg roll.
The egg rolls are dark brown and crispy. The insides were perfect. As always I drank the little bit of rice vinegar and egg roll crumbles that was left over at the end. I like good food and I'm not to proud to enjoy it all.
Vien Dong was established in 1989. I don't know if they were Seahawks fans in those days, but currently they have a number of logos and fan information on the wall. Down the street at Carlson Brothers' Jewelers they sell the Siko 12 Watch mostly from a banner in the window.
I would hope that Vien Dong is a supporter of amateur sports as well. With Lincoln High School just three blocks away it should be a natural.
Additions on the wall are KING-TV Awards, which are based on loyal fans of the customers of Vien Dong.
Near by are restaurants selling burgers & fries, Mexican food, and more Asian restaurants. In Vien Dong, you see an internatial gathering of happy eaters.
The won ton soup has a nice broth with fresh parsley on top. The six won tons each containing a little meatball were excellent. The won ton noodle flows like a tail away from the meatball giving the whole won ton the appearance of a comet. And as quick as a comet those won tons disappear into my inner space.
Each time I eat at Vien Dong, I peruse the menu . . . as if I was going to order something different. I've tried the pho with flank steak, chicken, and pork. I get right on the verge of orderding something different and then when my order is taken, it's for the appetizers.
Besides the food, the prices are outstanding. For less than ten dollars you can get soup, Vietnamese Fresh Roll, an egg roll, and a Coke. In other words you can fill your tummy with good tasty food and not empty your wallet.