Portland's Mekong Asian Bistro

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            After a long trip through the amazing and lengthy menu at Portland’s Mekong Asian Bistro, I looked up at Linda and said, “I’m lost honey. You’ll need to order for us.”

            After looking through all the choices of Thai, Chinese, and Vietnamese appetizers and entrees, the only thing I was sure of was the Mai Tai ($6.95). That did turn out to be a very good choice.

            See if you could have done better with the menu than I did. Here’s a few of the items: Pho Noodle Soup, Thai Curry, Mi Zao Don, Bangkok Egg Noodle. Hmmmm. Prices are low here with apps for $5 to $7 and entrees $10 to $16. And portions are large.

            As Linda finished going through the menu and selecting a list of dishes she wanted to order, we looked up and there on the wall was a long list of the day’s specials!

            April, our server, was very helpful, and chef/owner Tony Nguyen came out to serve us a special dish. They start you out with wonton chips and a tangy sweet sauce, and I could have eaten all the chips, but Linda told me to slow down.

            April’s recommendations to me included this question for my noodle dish: “Do you want to sweat?” Headed to Arizona, where I was sure to sweat a lot, I opted for level one heat and that turned out to be just right.

            My appetizer, fried dumplings, was fantastic. Linda and I shared dishes and I can tell you we liked them all. We disagreed on the spring roll – I wanted shrimp but she ordered the veggie roll – and again, with a tasty sauce, it was delicious. I really loved the crispiness of each dish, and all the sauces.

            Tony worked in Kennebunkport and here for 10 years before he purchased this restaurant in 2012. Looking around the busy dining room, it was obvious to us that he has many regular customers.

            We returned to our room at the Holiday Inn by the Bay that evening satiated and very satisfied. We were in bed by 7:30pm, so that we could arise at 3:45 am the next morning in order to take the Inn’s 4:15 am shuttle to the airport for a 6 am flight to Tucson via Atlanta.

            We chose a Mexican restaurant in the Atlanta airport for our lunch, and were surprised when our server was named April. Two Aprils in April made for a great 24 hours for the Smiths.


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