|#9 with iced vietnamese coffee|
My standard order is an XL #9 (Steak, well-done flank, & brisket) and a coffee (iced coffee, condensed milk). Go ahead and oder the XL - you won't regret the few extra cents when you see that massive, steaming bowl come out from the kitchen. I never manage to finish mine, but the boyfriend always polishes off whatever I don't eat. The service is always quick and efficient so you won't be waiting long.
You'll get a heaping plate of bean sprouts, thai basil, lime wedges, and little chili peppers to add to your bowl as you like. My boyfriend dislikes bean sprouts for some weird reasons. My sister always orders her bowl with no onions (white or green). I like it all! Add in some hoisin, hot sauce, and/or chili oil as you like and dig in!
The decor may not be the most up-to-date, and it certainly isn't fancy. But this place is packed pretty much whenever it is open. On that note, be sure to check the is tau bay open website before you go! They tend to close randomly for weeks or even months at a time with absolutely no notice. And it doesn't seem to impact their loyal following of customers in the least. The website isn't affiliated with the restaurant.
It's also cash only and there are no ATM's, so make sure you have cash on hand. That said, we took my Mom there last weekend while she was in town, and it only set us back $45 including tax and tip for 4 XL bowls of soup and 2 iced coffees.
This has to be the top of my list for comfort food in Edmonton. As long as they are open, you should make the trek into Chinatown for some delicious pho!
10660 98 St NW