I had heard and read about A Dong, the Vietnamese restaurant that sits at the foot of the Sherman Hill district, but I had never been there. I decided my dining companion and I needed to cross the restaurant off our “must visit” list, and we made a quick jaunt there for lunch recently.
The restaurant was pleasant to look at with lots of green plants in big windows, and it was bustling with lunchtime customers. A populr place for sure.
Studying the entire menu could take a lot of time. To say there are a wide variety of choices would be an understatement. There are soups, noodle dishes, chicken, pork, duck, quail and beef dishes, squid, specialties and some I probably missed.
We started our meal with an appetizer — Tom Chin (fried rolls with shrimp and cream cheese, $4). We each received two crisply fried envelopes filled with cream cheese and a shrimp just the right size for the little package, served with a tasty dipping sauce. These were crunchy, freshly made and delicious. We could have feasted on a mountain of them.
My companion ordered stir-fried quail with bell peppers for his meal ($7.50). I had heard a lot about the traditional Vietnamese beef noodle soup called pho, and that sounded like just the thing for a cool fall day. I ordered Pho A Dong ($6.75).
Our meals arrived quickly. My soup bowl was the size of a small mixing bowl and was filled with broth, beef slices and rice noodles. It was accompanied by a dish of bean sprouts, fresh sprigs of basil and cilantro, a wedge of lime and a slice of green pepper. A word to the wise: If you order pho, put the green pepper directly into the soup. Do not — I repeat — do not eat it by itself. I did and was desperately reaching for a napkin, my delicious, cool limeade and any ice available. When it comes to green pepper, appearances can be deceiving.
A Dong Restaurant
1511 High St.
Hours: Sunday: 11 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Tues. – Thur.:
10:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Friday: 10:30 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.