"A real 'destination' if just for the fun (and new to us) bubble tea. The Vietnamese rare beef and noodle soup (pho) is probably done better in Chinatown (at least I've had better), but even without a big bowl of the traditional herbs to top it (and without being particularly rare), it was pretty satisfying. A really cheery, open space, attentive servers and huge portions." --L.B., Skokie
"This place is phenomenal. It's kind of a 'hole in the wall,' but the the absolutely delicious pho makes up for the lack of decor. Pho is a vietnamese soup filled with rice noodles, thai basil, lime juice, bean sprouts, your choice of beef (or chicken) and many other spices and it is absolutely delicious. I've had Pho all over the country, and I'm a firm believer that this place has the best Pho I've ever tasted! If it's a cold day in Chicago (and it often is) make sure you stop by to warm up." --J.C.
"I dined there on a Friday evening with a group of friends and had very good service. The food is wonderful! The meals are relatively inexpensive." --C.U.
"The food here is superb and the portion sizes are enormous. Try the seven-beef course! Yum!" --C.M.
Nha Trang II Vietnamese & Chinese Cuisine
"This is one of my local favorites, a warm and welcoming place. Don't let the simple atmosphere fool you--the food is great! Look at the extensive menu, then ask for advice. They have never led us wrong and have taught us how to eat things, like the Vietnamese eggrolls, and the dishes you wrap in rice paper at your table." --Ann S.
"One of my favorites. I pretty much always order the same things--chao tom, bo luc lac, the sea bass and the cari tom, along with sticky rice--and it's always good. I have never had much of a problem with my reservations being honored, but even when I have to wait, it's worth it. This is not a cheap restaurant, it's not in a cheap part of town, so it is, therefore, not cheap. Nor is it over-the-top expensive." --S.M.
"This place is fantastic. The friendliest, most cordial waitstaff I've seen. Pleasant and graceful bartenders, great lounge area and red snapper. The music upstairs is excellent." --R.S.
"I loved my food. The sweet potato and shrimp appetizer was very good. I had good service. I would agree that the prices seem a bit too high. However, the food is more elaborate than the typical Vietnamese dishes that most people are used to. I would recommend this restaurant." --Chris M.
"Four of us dined at Pasteur and all agreed that the atmosphere and service was exemplary. The food was well prepared and portions quite reasonable. The drinks are a bit overpriced and the food might be more than those seeking cheap ethnic dining might expect. However, given the decor and presentation, we thought prices were appropriate." --Eric C.
Compiled by Christine Badowski.
Originally published Dec. 4, 2002.
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