6527 Park Blvd., Pinellas Park, FL 33781
Cost range: 1.00-10.00
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Straightforward and utilitarian, eight tables are draped in a red lace tablecloth and cluttered with condiments. The owners' warmth makes up for the lack of decor. They hover and ask how you like everything as if you were dining in their home (and with prices so low, you do feel a bit like an honored guest). The bulk of the menu consists of phos (the classic Vietnamese soup), vermicelli bowls and rice plates. The best dishes contain grilled pork, grilled shrimp and lemongrass-spiked chicken. In our visits, our favorite dishes were the vermicelli bowls, each with soft pasta, daikon, carrot and lettuce in a warm melange, over which you pour the ubiquitous Vietnamese dressing (a concoction of sugar, lime, fish sauce, dried chiles and a little garlic).