I am told that drinking at a young age prevents your prefrontal cortex from properly developing, which happens to be the hub of decision making and foresight. As such, I failed to realize that Gu’s Bistro would be jam packed on the Friday night after Chinese New year.
When my date and I arrived, the wait at Gu’s Bistro was 45 minutes, which might have been manageable if they had a bar but I can’t handle being jam packed like sardines for 45 minutes without a cold beverage.
Luckily for me, my date knows Buford Highway like the back of her hand and we were able to quickly call an audible and head over to Co’m Vietnamese Grill, which isn’t too far away.
Tucked in the back of a nondescript shopping center near my favorite strip club Follies (open till 4am by the way), lies this hidden gem I probably would have never found on my own.
Walking in, the atmosphere was very cozy with community seating and red. The redness of the restaurant reminded me of a jazz room, and everything seemed very chill. It’s not a large restaurant, so it’s not loud and servers aren’t running all over the place in chaos.
Our server was very friendly and knowledgeable, and when I tried to order the Vietnamese beer “33” he steered my toward the Korean beer “Hite.” Apparently this server was allergic to alcohol until last weekend when he tried Hite, and was able to get drunk for the very first time.
I was so proud of him. I had to try it. It was delicious, but kind of like Bud Light, Light.
Vietnamese food reminds me of Mexican food in that its kind of all the same ingredients just mixed and matched in different ways.
We started off with the Beef Spring Rolls, which were delicious but the sweet sauce is really what made it. The highlight of the appetizer selection was the Mango, Papaya, Apple, and Shrimp Salad. The sweetness of the fruit combined with the savory marinade for the shrimp was extremely delicious. Oh, and it was covered in a Fish Sauce Vinaigrette.
For my entree I ordered the Fragrant Rice with Short Rib, which came with a fried egg. Anything that comes with a fried egg is automatically delicious and this was no different. The beef was a bit chewy but the rice was really flavorful, and so was the beef.
My date ordered the Flat Rice Vermicelli Banh Hoi or as they call it “Make your own fun wraps.” She got the lamb, which tasted just like the beef, but was less chewy and more flavorful. The make your own wraps is really the way to go with this place, and you can’t go wrong no matter which wrap you choose.
I am about to ruin the best surprise for you, but when the meal’s over they bring out free dessert consisting of a delicious ice cream and tiramisu type ice cream thing. I guess it’s debatable what the tiramisu thing is, so if you find out please let me know.