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Baltimore Dining

Best Vietnamese

Mekong Delta Cafe

105 W. Saratoga St., (410) 244-8677

Mekong Delta’s dining room may not look promising, but you won’t notice the drab setting once your food arrives. The summer rolls—especially the beef lemongrass, rolled in delicate translucent rice paper and served with peanut sauce—are delicious, and every stir-fry dish we’ve tried has been better than good. But the soups are what elevate Mekong to exquisite status. The rare-beef pho, with its tender, feather-light bits of meat, and the Southern-style shrimp and barbecued-pork soup, with its tangy broth, are transporting. You can garnish each one to taste with bean sprouts, cilantro, hot peppers, lime wedges, basil, jalapenos, and Thai hot sauce. The service in this family-owned business is unfailingly warm, the prices more than reasonable. Rich, homey, and deeply comforting, this is food with the power to heal. May Mekong reign forever.

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