Viet Citron, Burlington MA

This might be my last live review for some time given circumstances, so I’ll keep it brief. The new Viet Citron in between HMart/Market Basket and Trader Joe’s has opened, and it’s dang good. The space is open and bright, and the food is quality–it was still just a soft open when I went on Saturday, so the menu is limited (but there’s more stuff coming). The crispy pork belly banh mi is great if a bit sloppy (and not cheap at 12$) , and the fresh rolls are excellent. The chicken pho (with free range chicken, supposedly) looks aces, but we were in takeout mode that day. They also clearly make their own pickled daikon and cucumber, and there’s a house garlic/chili thing to add on that is top notch. Last note: they have free bird chilis out you can take and add to the sandwich, and, y’now, that’s the kind of thing you like to see.

Promising, though I hope they don’t get off on the wrong foot with the unlucky timing for their opening. Location isn’t the greatest either, but it’s worth a look.

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Thanks. This must be where the Scandinavian furniture and Vitamin Shoppe are/were. I’ll look for it next time I’m in the vicinity.

The crispy pork belly banh mi was really good. Looking forward to more visits.

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On our way north to Essex this past Saturday, I saw the balloons outside the restaurant and I said to B, “I feel bad for them, opening now.”

And it is not a very friendly location. But you can only hope that people will stop after grocery shopping. Guess they’ll also be doing take out. We’ll try to check it out soon. Thanks for the report.

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Unfortunate timing on the opening. I feel for them.

On the other side of these times when office workers are no longer working from home, I can see Viet Citron as a welcome lunch stop. Big office population near that locale—normally, including my husband.

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Say it ain’t true, passing-thru!

Heh. Only until we can go to restaurants again!

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They closed for a bit but decided to stay open for takeout for weekend hours. Honestly awesome crispy pork Bahn mi. I think they open today at 11 for people who are interested.

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I was very excited to read this (thank you) but I just checked their Facebook page and they won’t re-open until next Saturday, April 4.

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Ugh you’re right. I obviously can’t wait! :slight_smile:

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fwiw, they just posted that they will be open 11-7 on Saturday. they have online ordering on their website (http://vietcitron.com/) with contactless curbside pickup. looks like you can order the usual banh mi/chicken pho/summer rolls, and they’ve added a couple things: frozen cha giao (20 for 38$) and crispy pork belly by the pound (16$ per). The latter two things need to be ordered a day in advance.

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We finally went today for a quick lunch after a Wegman’s run, which I’m happy to report has bulk foods again. I got farro and buckwheat groats for $1.96/lb which is an unheard of price because they’re both being discontinued. I bought 12 pounds of farro and 2 lbs of groats (and may go back for more).

Pleasant space, very nice people. they have table set outside under a tent but we chose to sit inside at one of two tables. Our meals were ok (pork belly banh mi for B, banh hoi bowl with tofu for me). My meal was accompanied by fresh herbs and lettuce, thin rice noodles, and a lot of tofu, which was expertly fried. But there was something a little lacking that I can’t quite put my finger on. Same with B’s banh mi. He wanted more pickle-y acidity from his daikon and carrot. But we both declared that we’d go back and try other items. They were quite busy with takeout, which was good. I hope folks are calling in the orders rather than going through third-party vendors.

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Got takeout from Viet Citron kind of early on in COVID, mainly because I felt bad for them having opened in such a time. We were similarly not thrilled, particularly with the gristly flank stake. Better options for us closer to home.

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I tried the Banh Mi shortly after they opened and despite having an excellent pork belly, it’s way too expensive for me. The finely chopped pork belly kind of disappeared in the sandwich. Nice people and convenient location. I rather have a $5 Banh Mi from Hong Cuc in Lowell.

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