Viet's Splits Into Two Restaurants in the Far East Center

Keep Westword Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free.

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.

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.

Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.