I first heard about this place through one of the hostesses I worked with at Miss Shirley’s in the Inner Harbor. She described it as “the best Vietnamese food in Baltimore.” Considering that I’ve never been able to find a Vietnamese place in the city, I was more than eager to try Mekong Delta.
Located near the corner of Saratoga Street and Cathedral Street, the restaurant blended into its surrounding row houses. Inside, children’s drawings displayed along the walls, a fish tank filled with brightly colored tropical fish and the open kitchen no more than a few feet away from my table made for a warm and inviting atmosphere.
I immediately directed my attention on the menu to pho, a Vietnamese noodle soup usually with beef or chicken. In addition to pho, I also had heard that the summer rolls were not to be passed up.
The summer roll was quite possibly the largest roll I’d ever seen. For $3.95, not only do you get one roll, but you get TWO. This is almost a meal in itself. The rolls, filled with tender beef, cilantro and rice noodles and wrapped in rice paper looked freshly made. The peanut dipping sauce was also the perfect accompaniment to these tasty rolls.
The pho was delicious as well. The presentation was aesthetically appealing – a bowl filled with beef broth, slices of tender beef, brocoli, asparagus and cilantro. On the side was a plate piled high with bean sprouts, a topping for pho.
Although it’s a little obscurely located, I highly recommend Mekong Delta for an inexpensive lunch or dinner with great value. It’s definitely one of my new favorite places in Baltimore!