Number 62: House Special from Viet's
Jammed into the corner of the Far East Center, Viet's is the unsung emperor of Vietnamese restaurants, the handsome prince among the plebs, the palace among the cribs that dot Federal Boulevard. Hell, they even pour sake and wine. And it's the kind of discovery that every foodnik hopes to uncover, if for no other reason than to boast about the House Special, a dazzle of different dishes -- soft shell crab, grilled ropes of pork, pudgy shrimp, golden Vietnamese egg rolls, shrimp paste and shrimp cupcakes -- heaped on a platter and served with rice noodles, a glistening mound of lettuces, cilantro, mint, basil and julienned turnips and carrots and spring roll wrappers in which to clumsily roll your vegetables, slippy noodles and meats into crude cylinder shapes that you then dunk into bowls of nuoc cham whipped with chile flakes. It's a stunning blizzard of textures and flavors that everyone should eat at least once in their lifetime.
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