Ha Long Bay a favorite stop

Emily Merlin, Social Media Director

Madison is a hubbub of cultural appetites, and I try to embrace those foods as much as possible. One of my favorites is Ha Long Bay.

Many people are aware of this popular Vietnamese restaurant, but recently I found out that some people have never heard of it. I couldn’t believe it! Ha Long Bay is a Madison classic in Asian cuisine. It is on the corner of Williamson Street and South Dickinson Street, a few blocks away from the Willy Street Co-op.

Those who have been on Willy Street or adjoining streets know that parking is a pain. Limited parking is all part of the charm of Willy Street and Ha Long Bay. After eating a hefty meal at HLB, you’ll be glad to walk a couple of blocks to help digest your food.

If you walk in after 5 p.m., you’ll be waiting a while. Sometimes the line is out the door. One time I had to wait an hour and a half; so, what can you do in the meantime? Have a drink across the street at Hub. Make sure that you come back in time, or they will call the next group of people waiting.

The restaurant itself is quite quaint. The lime green and orange walls sound appalling on paper, but in reality, they’re incredibly charming.

There are small paper lanterns on the walls, along with mismatched pieces of Vietnamese artwork.

When you arrive at your seat, even if they are jam-packed, you won’t have to wait a long time for your food. The service is like a well-timed dance that the restaurant has perfected.

Once the waiters bring out your food, you won’t be able to control yourself. The food is delicious. I always eat too much when I go there, but the food is so good that I can’t control myself.

Here are some of the recommended meals: The yellow curry, egg rolls (vegetarian or meat), and many more delicious options.

If you don’t want to wait in line for your food, then no problem! Give them a call, and they can make your order to go!