Driving on Federal Boulevard on a Sunday night isn't the best idea, unless you're into souped-up Honda Civics, Japanese motorcycles and the slow crawl of cruisers checking each other out. But at least the walking pace of traffic allows a person to have a good look around at the changes happening at Federal's strip malls and shopping centers. One such change is to Viet's Restaurant, tucked into the corner of the Far East Center at Federal and West Alameda Avenue.
Viet's no longer occupies its longtime spot in the northern arm of the three-sided shopping center, but has moved one door west into a larger corner spot with a karaoke stage and enough room to host special events (like the wedding happening when we took the photo below). The owners have turned the original space into V Express, specializing in pho and bun bo Hue — pho's brawnier cousin.
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Various offshoots of Viet's have been attempted over the years, including a V2 nightclub and an all-vegetarian lunch spot, but this latest move looks like a keeper — at least we hope so, as the eatery has always dished out some of the finest Vietnamese cuisine in town. Viet's won our Best Vietnamese Restaurant award in 2015 and is a favorite for hot pots, including traditional lau de, a simmering goat soup brimming with fresh greens and root vegetables.