Best Of 2005

BEST VIETNAMESE: Pho Quyen Vietnamese

The casual atmosphere at this pair of family-owned-and-operated restaurants is paired with food served in generous portions that’s consistently delicious and always affordable. Packed with flavor without being overpowering, the dishes range from the light-bodied, tantalizing beef pho — a beef noodle soup with flank, brisket, tendon, tripe, beef meatballs (or a combination of these), seasoned with green cilantro and infused with onion and scallion — to the crispy, pan-fried egg noodles with veggies, chicken, tofu, pork or beef. The thin, crispy fried egg rolls are stuffed with tangy pork and rice noodles, and can be coupled with Vietnamese barbecue beef atop an order of Bún (rise vermicelli). Vegetarians can also enjoy a range of meat- and fish-free offerings. 2740 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa, 813-632-3444; 8301 N. Dale Mabry, Tampa, 813-933-7977.