Hours: Lunch & Dinner
Located in the heart of the King Street shopping district, CO takes Vietnamese street food uptown and serves it at prices that are extremely reasonable considering the highly valued downtown strip. The two-story restaurant has a sleek, ultra-mod vibe, and the full bar mixes up an ambitious slate of East-meets-West fusion cocktails — Bloody Mary with srirachi and cucumber sake, a cool sip that will go down smooth and soothing in the hot summer months. The apps include the requisite summer rolls (both of the tofu and shrimp variety) and pork belly buns — think sliders with hoisin sauce, pork belly, and pickled veggies. You’ll also find four varieties of bánh mì sandwiches ranging from five spice pork belly to braised Korean short rib with spicy kimchi, and a host of noodle dishes, from pho to pad thai and drunken thai noodles. Since it’s a little too hot for pho at the moment, go with the bun xao salad with caramel pork (vermicelli, lettuce, pickled carrots, bean sprouts, pork and crab spring roll, cilantro, nuoc cham dressing). Like so many Vietnamese dishes — and Co’s in particular — it’s crisp, cool, and refreshing. However, it’s worth noting that many of the dishes at Co are a touch sweeter than what you might find at a more traditional mom-and-pop Vietnamese joint, a nod perhaps to the South’s taste for the saccharine. —Robert Moss Dish (Summer 2015)
The prices are right and the banh mi is delicious at this small but swanky restaurant on King.
• $3 fruit sake, $4 draft beer and wine, $4 rotating craft cocktail. Multiple food specials as well.
Mon, Tues, Weds, Thurs, Fri, 4pm-7pm