1511 High St, Des Moines, IA | Directions 5030941.587235 -93.637434
Neighborhoods: Sherman Hill
Fresh is Best! – They use what seems to be the freshest vegetables and meats, the food is always awesome! Plus, there's always leftovers which reheat great the next day for lunch!
best asian food in town – i cant think of a place with a broader selection or fresher ingredients. everything is always perfect. the service could certainly be better. you are forgotten the moment your food arrives. like another reviewer said, its impossible to order anything after being served. we wanted to order coffee and try one of the more interesting looking drinks from the menu but couldnt manage to get the attention of the waitress for over 20 minutes. guess i will have to order it up front next time. killer food, lower than average service. i will always go back but only due to the great quality of the food.
Good food, poor service – I like to have a glass of wine while I read the menu (and my paper). The first glass comes promptly, as does the food and then service is GONE. I would order a second glass, but they never come back. I would often order some take out, but they never come back. This has happened repeatedly, causing me to leave no tip. I love the food, but the lack of service keeps me away.
Better than big city! – I went to what my friend claimed was the best Vietnamese in New York and it wasn't even close to our beloved A Dong.
Why not? – My peers and I like their fresh food.
The interior is very pretty as well.
Also check out TNT on E 14th street, which is cheaper and just as delicious, but with a less elegant atmosphere.
Not authentic! – I was at the restaurant a few years ago and was very disappointed at the food and haven't return since. I decided to give the restaurant another try today, and the food hasn't improved: it is still too Americanized and too bland. I ordered bun cha gio thit nuong (noodle with egg rolls and grilled pork) to go and was so upset at what I got: the dipping sauce was tasteless, the pork was cold and old, and there wasn't enough noodle. Just last week, I ordered the same meal from Lucky Dragon Restaurant on 2nd, and for the same price, I got a lot of noodles, grilled beef, shrimp, and tasty eggrolls. My friend ordered noodles with grilled shrimp at A Dong with me and she got 4 (only 4!!) shrimps! Come on! When you go to A Dong and see a lot of White Americans there and not a lot of Asians, it's a huge sign. If you want really good Vietnamese food, I recommend you try TNT Restaurant on MLK or Lucky Dragon on 2nd Ave.
Best food every made in the history of mankind. Great customer sevice. – This restaurant is my favorite. The food is very exotic and something I cannot make at home. The staff is very efficient and get your order quickly and cook it very well and very quickly. The food is similar to Chinese, but very healthy. The food fells very rich, but is very light because no outside fat is used. I really reccomend people that like to try something new, or want a healthier version of Chinese. This is a great restaurant.
no, not authentic – I just spent the last 20 minutes explaining why A Dong is inadequate and this webpage went blank after clicking the done button. So, I'll keep this one short. I'm Vietnamese & from CA and this place makes my palate sad. A little better than Pho Ha Doa's chlorinated tasting water but not by much.
Try somewhere else – I totally agreed with your comment that A Dong is "Overrated" There food is not even good at all. It is okay but so not Vietnamese~~ no taste to the food whatsoever--just simply a lot of MSG. If you like Vietnamese's food A Dong is not the place to try it at. But I think since it was the first place that opened in the Des Moines area everyone think that it is the best. The PARKING SU*K!!!! there it is so small and so hard to get in and out when there is no ROOM to back out to. TNT is actually pretty good but don't get any soup. There Bo La Lap is good! But should always try other restaurants like Pho Hoa Dao, Lucky Dragon, Chinese Kitchen.
Amazing Pho – I absolutley adore this place. The Pho is THE best. Hands down. Although there menu is a little confusing, it's nothing to lose a star over.
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