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“True Vietnamese”
Review of Mekong Cafe

Mekong Cafe
Ranked #72 of 491 Restaurants in Springfield
Price range: US$0 - US$10
Cuisines: Thai, Vietnamese
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Reviewed 10 January 2013

It's not great on atmosphere but the food is better than almost any place in central Illinois. Never crowded for dinner and lacking a liquor license but that only lets you enjoy the real flavor s of great Vietnamese dishes. Because it's a true mom and pop operation, service is attentive but a little quirky especially when there are the many take out orders being sent out the door...and that's good too.

Thank Dennis R
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Reviewed 4 August 2012

Thanks to GPS we found this spot next to a barbershop. You park in the back and walk around to the front.
The atmosphere is nothing to write home about though it is clean and smells really good. The food is fantastic and authentic.
I ordered cashew chicken "hot." The waiter asked if I really meant hot and I'm glad he did because it was really spicy but oh, so good. If you don't want numb-your-lips hot ask for mild or medium.
The portions are large. The soups come in a very large bowl - a lady next to us had a bowl of soup for her entree.

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2  Thank travchef
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Reviewed 16 June 2012

Food: Good mix of Vietnamese, Laotian, Thai, and standard (American) Chinese food. I highly recommend the Vietnamese curry. We had a large group and everybody found something they liked. Portions: Large. Note, with a large group, the food comes out as each dish is ready.
Atmosphere: No-frills but comfortable. Don't let the unassuming exterior deter you.
Cost: Reasonable - $7-10 for a large entree
Address is 1308 south 2nd

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1  Thank gsdmike
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Reviewed 18 April 2012

This is a no frills place, but by God if it's not the best thai/laotian/vietnamese place in town (and Springfield weirdly has a lot of these places). Fresh, hot, and sooooo good! Particularly refreshing is the Thai Noodle Salad with Peanut Sauce (I get it with chicken). The lettuce, cilantro, rice noodles and hot chicken with the spicy sauce . . . perfect for a hot summer day. It's near the capitol/state complex so it's really a lunch joint where you'll hear state business being discussed and they're focused on getting you your food fast so you can fit this into a lunch break.

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1  Thank cyasukot
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Reviewed 2 April 2012

firstly--the address is 1308 S. 2nd

stopped in during a road trip stay in springfield based on trip advisor's recs. i was the only diner at 5pm on a monday, but the experience was great!

solid food; veggie spring rolls (not deep fried and served cold) and the basil stir fry. had a thai tea, which was very nice and subtle in flavor.

owner was extremely friendly, inquiring as to my preferred level of spice and chatting about his homeland (laos), travel possibilities and how/why he was in springfield.

when i mentioned a possible trip to SE asia he even told me to ask for his father if i make it to luang prabang!

loved it!

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1  Thank Christopher N
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