My brother in law took us here once..may he be forgiven.
Restaurant: Pho Binh Minh
Location: 6709 Strawberry Ln, Louisville, KY 40214
What I had: Some kind of rice dish I never learned the name of, another rice dish that is basically a chicken fried rice, Bahn mi, and salty lemonade.
What I liked: Every last bit of food we shared..even the salty lemonade.
Why I liked it: According to my brother in law, who has actually been to Vietnam, and enjoyed the food he had there, he said this place was the closest flavor wise to what he had over there. I believe it. att the food was prepared by a husband and wife team. They spoke just a little bit more English, than I can speak Vietnamese, and their menu was very difficult to read. (You're probably wondering why this is in the "Why I liked it" category...hang in there, I'm getting to it!)
All I could make out were some of the ingredients in the different menu items, so this kid of forced us into an adventure in Vietnamese cuisine..I basically picked a number and prayed it would taste good (based on ingredients I recognized). My wife ended up with some kind of noodle dish, I ended up with some kind of rice dish that was similar to an Indian biryani, but with definite southeast Asian flavor.
The Bahn Mi (a sandwich of meat and vegetables on crusty french bread) were outstanding. I had one with beef and one with pork. Both were spicy, but not too spicy to eat, and that crisp french bread made the whole sandwich one of my all time favorites.
The salty lemonade is exactly what it sounds like. Made from salt cured lemons, it is a most savory drink. It was so horrible I couldn't stop drinking it. My wife liked it so much we even went as far as curing our own lemons to make this drink at home.
What I didn't like: The place the restaurant is in. There are only 3 tables in the place, and one is taken over by the husband's laptop where you as a customer are interrupting his MMORPG game. Since his wife did all the cooking, everyone's dishes arrived at different times, so you had to watch others eat while you waited for your own meal. I will say that the food quality and flavors overcame the atmosphere and mediocre service.
I will say that the food quality and flavors overcame the atmosphere and mediocre service.
What the kids liked: Danielle liked most of the things she tried. Aidan kind of liked the chicken fried rice..a little (we got him Mcdonalds later).
Budget: Pretty inexpensive compared to the quality of the food.