I love it when this happens.
I wish for something long enough, and then it comes true. So far, I haven't made it to Spain, and nobody's come to my door with a million-dollar check from Publisher's Clearinghouse, but at least there's a brand-new Vietnamese restaurant in Downtown -- the first of its kind in the area, as far as I know.
Viet Kitchen just opened its doors today at 114 W. Adams, and is the sister eatery to the original spot in North Phoenix (20235 N. Cave Creek Rd., at Beardsley).
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Along with half a dozen kinds of pho, the menu features vermicelli noodle dishes (bun), Vietnamese sandwiches (banh mi) on freshly baked bread, salads, stir-fries, and house special hot pots filled with beef, seafood, or both.
A year ago, my Christmas wish list included a banh mi joint close to my office. Santa was a littler late in delivering, I suppose -- or else he's just early for this year. Either way, I can't wait to try Viet Kitchen.
Business hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Call 602-262-5535 for details.