My friend, Andy, has been insisting that I need to try Que Viet in Northeast and last week we finally made it there for lunch.
As a native Northeasterner, I had no cause not to trust his recommendation, so when he insisted it was the best asian food he’s ever tasted, I wasn’t surprised when he was right.
Disclaimer: while this is a “Vietnamese restaurant” it isn’t very traditional. It’s more of an Americanized version of Vietnamese.
If you want to go for lunch I suggest going around 11:30, like we did, to beat the rush. By noon it had gotten pretty busy. Another point for Andy!
Pretty much every review suggests the egg roll and I completely agree. While not normally a supporter of cabbage, this egg roll had the perfect consistency of deep fried meat and grease. This may have been the only time I had ever wished I was hungover, because this is clearly my new food of choice. Unfortunately, I inhaled mine so quickly that there are no photos to be seen…I’m not even going to pretend to be sorry.
(UPDATE: Don’t worry, I’ve since gone back and now have an Egg Roll photo to share haha)
As for food, we ordered the Hot & Spicy Chicken and Sweet & Sour Pork.
Honesty moment: my mouth is watering just typing this.
While the Hot & Spicy Chicken was my favorite of the two, I would definitely suggest ordering the Sweet & Sour Pork the day after a night out, because the flavor wouldn’t be as intense for your stomach.
Andy Tip: Do not order the Beef & Potato. Compiled of what appears to be crunched Lays potato chips, beef, and gravy, this recipe is not a party for your palate.
It’s a pretty typical asian restaurant dive. I guess it recently got a coat of paint on the walls to hide the grease stains, which was the only change it’s had in forever, but besides that, it’s pretty big inside and there’s some nice natural light.
Another Andy Tip: Avoid the bathroom as it’s in the basement and looks like it could be a scene from the movie “Saw.” I can not confirm nor deny this. I took his advice.
We didn’t see our waitress very often, so if you’re a stickler for attentiveness this is probably not your scene. However, as we left the cashier at the front was extremely friendly and insisted on bagging our takeout containers so they didn’t leak in our cars.
Overall, I think it’s safe to say I am on the fast track towards becoming a regular at Que Viet Northeast.
Que Viet Village House Northeast
2211 Johnson St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
Monday – Saturday: 11AM – 9PM
Sunday: 4PM – 8PM