My New Favorite Restaurant


My new favorite Vietnamese restaurant is…drumroll…MEKONG on US 19 in St Pete, just south of 62nd Avenue. WoW! They had my favorite: broken rice with pork chop, shredded pork skin (tastes better than it sounds), salad and soup for $5.95. While the fish sauce at Pho Quyen is yummy, mild and sweet and Halong Bay’s version is a little too spicy for this Mama Bear, the4 fish sauce at MEKONG is j-u-s-t right. A little kick, not too sweet, not too sour, not too spicy. Pour that on your meat and rice, take a bite, then eat some fresh salad to cool off those taste buds. Bill had curry chicken, which had a heavenly sauce. Not too spicy, and a hint of sweetness. I had a tiny bit of order envy.  We both had the fresh spring rolls for appetizer, served (for once!) with generous servings of peanut sauce.

Last, but not least, we had (our friend Bonnie’s favorite) Vietnamese coffee. It’s served with a Vietnamese “filter”, which is a miniature coffee pot that looks like a hat and sits on top of the coffee cup. As the coffee brews, it drips into the cup, which is lined with condensed milk. When it’s done brewing, stir the coffee until it blends with the condensed milk. I like to pour the mixture into an ice cube filled glass. It’s delicious.

I’ll still go to Pho Quyen because the food is good and the people are so nice, but Mekong is at the top of my list.


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