This is the Houston restaurant America can’t afford to lose, according to Esquire

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Esquire magazine has included a Houston restaurant on its list of places it deems too essential to lose to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Huynh, the family-run Vietnamese eatery in Houston’s East Downtown Management District (a.k.a EaDO) was cited in the Dec. 29 article, which includes old and new, famous and obscure eateries nationwide.

“We also hope you’ll raise a toast to these spots around the country—old and new, scruffy and spiffy—that we consider restaurants that America can’t afford to lose. Because if we lose them, we lose who we are,” wrote Esquire editor Jeff Gordinier.

The family-run Vietnamese eatery in operation for over a decade has received high praise for its home-made Vietnamese food, regularly landing on “best of” lists. Spring rolls, rice plates, noodle bowls, stir-fry and other fresh traditional Vietnamese dishes anchor the menu.

“Visiting Houston without eating Vietnamese food would be like going to Bologna and neglecting the pasta,” wrote Gordinier. “There’s always a wait for a seat at this family-owned strip-mall jewel, but the tables turn fast, and everyone with any sense in Houston will tell you that for ten bucks, you’re not going to find a more satisfying and delicious meal than the gingery, herbaceous duck salad known as Goi Vit.”

Huynh, located at 912 St. Emanuel St., operated Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. For additional information, including the full menu, visit

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