4200 62nd Ave. N, Pinellas Park, FL 33781
Cost range: 1.00-10.00
Payment options: Credit cards accepted
Alcohol: Beer and wine only
More in this neighborhood: Pinellas Park
Ben Thanh is the biggest market in Ho Chi Minh City, a beloved institution that over centuries has been destroyed, relocated, reborn and renovated. Pinellas Park's Ben Thanh is a little like that. The Vietnamese restaurant opened in 1994 on 34th Street N, but closed in 2002 when chef/owner Susan Nguyen's husband had a stroke. Ben Thanh has returned, popping up on 62nd Avenue N in an unassuming strip mall. It's a short menu with a refined array of soups pho and egg noodle, vermicelli bowls, soothing porridges, stir-fries and complicated self-roll entrees. Ben Thanh does an admirable job with the familiar, the magical spicy-soothing properties of rare beef pho, or tiny fried eggrolls on a bed of cold vermicelli kicked up with nuoc cham.
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