It’s hard to imagine finding a Vietnamese eatery any more authentic than Morrisville's Taste on this side of the world. Need evidence? Consider Exhibit A: pho, a broth-based rice-noodle soup that’s traditionally considered the common people’s food in Vietnam. Large bowls are served with a side of bean sprouts, basil and cilantro, and a lime wedge. To kick it up a notch, add some hoisin hot sauce.
Further legitimacy comes in the form of goi cuon, or fresh shrimp
spring rolls, filled with steamed shrimp, pork, vermicelli, mint,
lettuce and bean sprouts enveloped in thin rice paper. Be sure to dip the rolls in the house-made peanut sauce served on the side.
Barbecued beef short ribs are as tender as you’ll find anywhere. Equally juicy grilled pork erupts with tanginess.
While the restaurant’s simple, airy dining room decor is still evolving,
service is already rock-solid and enthusiastic. Daily specials are
available. Taste is open for lunch daily, while dinner is served
Wednesday through Monday.
Photos courtesy of Jonathan Fredin/S&A Cherokee