Pho and banh mi dominate the lineup at most of Denver’s Vietnamese restaurants. Cozy Kim Ba’s menu is more all-encompassing when it comes to the southeast Asian country’s history, revealing France’s colonial influence with sophisticated dishes such as bò xào dãm (tender strips of beef in wine vinaigrette) or scallops xã ót (scallops in a spicy butter sauce). This 28-year-old Aurora favorite is so popular you might have to wait for a seat even on a Tuesday night.
We’re not entirely sure if our readers meant the 27-year-old mainstay of pho, fondue, rice paper wraps, and more (the menu is 24 pages!) or the newer bastion of banh mi next door, New Saigon Deli & Bakery, but it really doesn’t matter. Whatever you order from chef-owners Thai Nguyen and Ha Pham’s kitchens is guaranteed to please.
A 12-page menu of Vietnamese fare may be overwhelming to some; we see it as a welcome challenge and a culinary adventure.
Vietnam Grill distinguishes itself from Federal Boulevard's bustling foreign food landscape with creative and nuanced recipes we haven't found elsewhere. Try the shrimp cupcakes (tender shrimp coated with flour) and pork-stuffed chicken wings. (Yes, for those of you salivating: The chefs debone the wings to stuff them with sizzling pork meat.) Round out your meal with a traditional entrée such as the house combo plate, in which a fried egg is served with pork, chicken, beef, and shrimp over rice. Barring a trip to Hanoi, you'll be hard-pressed to find a more enticing menu.