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“Did not disappoint” 4 of 5 stars
Review of An Loi

An Loi
7104 Minstrel Way, Ste 9, Columbia, MD 21045-5539
410-381-3188
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Ranked #51 of 229 Restaurants in Columbia
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: Vietnamese
Good for: Families with children
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Good for: Families with children
Orlando, Florida
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53 reviews 53 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Did not disappoint”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

Researched the best places to eat in Columbia and this place kept popping up. Unfortunately we were in a bit of a hurry while eating here and I feel like I didn't get to properly agonize over the menu choices, which just means I need to go back! I got the N8. Banh Lot Xao An Loi (noodles and chicken and shrimp) and asked them to make it without the shrimp, which they did without question, and it was a hefty portion, not too greasy, and just as good if not better leftover the next day. My nine-year-old cousin got the grilled pork and when they served her a plateful, her parents remarked how she could take the rest home and have it for lunch tomorrow, but by the end of the meal she'd devoured every single piece. This place added a new dimension to Vietnamese food for me and it was definitely a positive addition.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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English first
Baltimore, Maryland
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74 reviews 74 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Don't Judge a Book by its Cover”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

I have been by this restaurant numerous times, but it is in a strip mall and very unassuming on the outside. However, a friend said it was very good, so we went there for lunch. A very pleasant experience. The restaurant is lovely inside, clean and the staff is very efficient and friendly. The food was delicious, it is definitely worth checking out!

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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columbia, MD
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42 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Very different Vietnamese food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

I don't why the selection here is so different from other Vietnamese restaurants, but vive la difference. Also, he food is spicier than most Vietnamese restaurants, which is great. I particularly like the pad thai, which is quite spicy, unlike what you are served in Thai restaurants. The waitstaff is very attentive and intelligent. You can order a lunch composed of three different dishes. It used to be very crowded but no longer is, for reasons I cannot guess.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Columbia, Maryland
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5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Not like before”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

It is one of our favorites. But after the original owner sold it, the restaurant's style changed to tend to Korean style. The pho dishes changed too. But the price is still good.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Baltimore, Maryland
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Reviews in 47 cities Reviews in 47 cities
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
“can't beat the food and the price”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

it's a good thing we don't live nearby else would eat here every day.

the pho is amazing--i always get the P4, though the kim chi pho is also a real treat. the staff is wonderful and always very quick and courteous. restaurant is very clean and prices are quite reasonable for what you get (great food and large portions). Would recommend getting large servings instead of regular--for something nominal like 70 cents more, you get more food which can be great if you take home for leftovers.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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