The Face of Vietnamese Cuisine
Oakland has many Vietnamese restaurants, but none like Tay Ho. For starters, the chic Chinatown restaurant is a mom-and-daughter affair: “The menu really reflects what we eat at home and what I ate growing up,” says owner Denise Huynh. Mama Ho (aka Chef Anna), born in central Vietnam, prepares fresh, authentic homestyle and street-food specialties while Huynh, an Oakland native, heads the newly opened full bar, mixing Asian-inspired cocktails to pair with her mother’s cooking. Tay Ho may also be the only East Bay Vietnamese restaurant to serve the perennial customer favorite banh cuon, a thin, crepe-like—and demandingly delicate—rice pastry filled with ground pork and wood-ear mushroom.
344 12th St., Oakland, 510-836-6388, TayHo-Oakland.com