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March
29th

Meals by the Mile: Exploring Vietnamese dining in Tacoma’s Lincoln neighborhood

In our latest installment of an occasional series exploring South Sound’s restaurant neighborhoods, Sue Kidd delves into the Vietnamese eating district in Tacoma’s Lincoln neighborhood. In recent years, the district has become a magnet for all kinds of restaurants – from soul food to tacos, dim sum and burgers.

March
28th

Vietnamese dining: A quick guide for newcomers

Pho soup at Vien Dong, a restaurant that opened in 1989 in the Lincoln neighborhood near Lincoln High School. The neighborhood is a destination for affordable Vietnamese food. Lui Kit Wong/Staff photographer
Pho soup at Vien Dong, a restaurant that opened in 1989 in the Lincoln neighborhood near Lincoln High School. The neighborhood is a destination for affordable Vietnamese food. Lui Kit Wong/Staff photographer

In my dining series exploring the concentration of Vietnamese dining in Tacoma’s Lincoln neighborhood, I write much about how Southeast Asian cuisine is tuned to a hot-sour-salty-sweet symphony. Depending on the dish or the palate of the chef creating it, flavors will broadcast varying degrees of salty-sour or sweet-spicy.  You know you’re in good hands if a dish sings in perfect tune and you can taste each component in harmony.

Say what, again? All that might sound confusing if you’re a Vietnamese dining neophyte. To help those who’ve never sampled the cuisine, I’ve got a quick guide to get you started. Read on. Read more »

Nov.
1st

Baby, when it’s cold outside, I get myself to Tacoma’s Vien Dong for pho


Beef noodle pho at Vien Dong in the Lincoln neighborhood.

Like clockwork, my internal food meter ticks into soup mode around Halloween. Last year at this time, I dipped my spoon into soups at Marlene’s, Metropolitan Market and Tacoma’s favorite niche soup restaurant – Infinite Soups.

This chilly Fall, I’m visiting soups from around Asia– ramen and pho and tom yum (I’m resisting writing “oh my” after that).

When the weather really started to take a dive last week, I headed to my favorite place for pho, a Vietnamese noodle soup pronounced “fuh” (but so many people say “foe,” I don’t think it matters anymore). Vien Dong is at the corner of 38th and Yakima, the center of the Lincoln District, a neighborhood full of tiny Vietnamese restaurants (read my Lincoln banh mi sandwich report here).

Vien Dong does high volume soup. A five minute wait would be long at this small soup shop. On a cold fall day, driving by, the windows of Vien Dong usually are steamed over –and that’s when I know soup season officially has arrived. Read more »