Saturday, March 26, 2011

Restaurant Rave

Because their birthdays are close together, my sister- and brother-in-law traditionally receive dinner out (for 4) as a gift from Len and me. (Yes, my children, Grammar-Mom says "Len and me" here where one could substitue "us."  But I digress . . .) 

They usually reciprocate by taking us out to celebrate our own close-together birthdays.  We're almost guaranteed to have two quiet evenings each year for the four of us to connect.

Tonight we commemorated the February birthdays.  We had intended to visit a Cajun restaurant recommended by the newspaper, but Len had misgivings after calling to try to make a reservation.  Then one of our parish priests mentioned and praised a new Vietnamese place.  It's called Pho Aura, and it is fantastic!
We shared appetizer rolls, pho (soup), crispy noodles, lemon grass chicken, shaking beef, and fried bananas with tropical ice cream.  Everything was delicious!  The meats were tender, the vegetables fresh, and the sauces flavorful but not overpowering.  Thuan, the owner, was friendly and helpful, guiding us through the menu.  (It probably didn't hurt that we mentioned Fr. S!)  And Pho Aura's prices are great, especially considering the high quality of the food.

This is definitely a restaurant worth visiting.  I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

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