Tay Do: great Vietnamese BYOW on ave. Duluth

Yep you guessed it, another Vietnamese restaurant review! Although this one is from a few weeks back, I’ve been to Tay Do several times over the years (twice already this year) and thus I know that they will always serve delicious Vietnamese food and that it will always be a great BYOB (bring your own booze) option on Avenue Duluth. We went to Tay Do on a Friday evening in May, as well as on a Friday night for my friend Vinh’s birthday dinner back in March.

Grilled chicken, beef and shrimp meal (2017)

Restaurant: Tay Do
Date: Friday May 19th 2017
Party of: 2

I really like Tay Do’s food but I don’t come often, usually because when I’m craving Vietnamese food, the BYOB aspect isn’t very important. As well, because they’re a BYOB restaurant, their menu prices are higher than your average-in-the-basement-Vietnamese restaurants. As well, my Vietnamese cravings are usually for pho, although I love Vietnamese grilled meat dishes too.

This time however, it was Alex who was craving Vietnamese grilled meats (since we’d come here in March). We went for the same dishes as last time, combo F, which includes a small soup and the main meal: grilled chicken, beef and shrimp, an imperial roll and salad, on a bed of rice (or in my case, noodles).

Entrée: Asian inspired soup (2017)

Although their entrée soup is very tasty (Alex says I should try adding some fish stock to my soups in order to replicate the taste), it is sadly nowhere near pho, which other restaurants typically serve as an entrée. However, since I know what to expect, I’m okay with their soup, which has sliced mushrooms, spinach, a bit of carrots and some noodles.

Grilled chicken, beef and shrimp meal (2017)

What we really come here for though, is the main meal, which has never disappointed me in the 6 years or so that I have been coming to Tay Do for. I love the taste of the marinade that they put on the protein, with a nice touch of lemongrass, that sweet finish and delicious grilled taste. The meats are always cooked very well and easy to chew, and very flavourful. The imperial roll is also good, nice and crispy and filled nicely (I hate it when restaurants try to cut costs and under fill their rolls). The salad, as in all Vietnamese restaurants, is more to fill up the plate than anything else and the noodles, or rice, are always a great accompaniment to the grilled meats.

Fried banana (2017)

For dessert, we got the fried banana, which sadly, didn’t come with any ice cream this time. Also, we found the banana was not ripe enough, which was unfortunate. Overall, it was a great meal and I will definitely be back for more. This is one of those can’t-miss BYOB spots on Duluth.

I have my own criteria when it comes to reviewing restaurants, which I started using last year on my Instagram account (@elisebgravel). It’s very simple, there are only three points: the quality of the food (on 10), the price (from $ to $$$$$) and the following question: would I go back? I could have included many more points (ambiance, service, etc.) but I wanted to keep things simple and easy. For me, the quality of the food, the price and the question “would I go back?” are the most important points for me.

So, here is my review of Tay Do:

Food: 8/10
Price: $$
Would I go back?: Yes, for sure for a byow Vietnamese dinner

UP NEXT: one of my recipes, which will it be?

*All photos are mine




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