MeKong aims to please in Perkins Twp.

This is food made from the heart.
Melissa Topey
Oct 19, 2012

MeKong Restaurant kitchen employees carefully prepare the Vietnamese food that comes to the table, using recipes that have been in the Bui family for generations.

“The main thing about MeKong (Restaurant), to us, is that it is food from the soul and heart,” manager Kha Bui said. “You cannot get this food at any other restaurant.”

The Mekong is a river in Vietnam, the Bui family's native country.

The family opened the first MeKong Restaurant in 1994 on Broad Street in Richmond, Va.

On July 17 — 18 years later, and about 515 miles away — the family opened a second restaurant in Sandusky.

And food is the family business.

“We know what we're doing,” Bui said.

Some of the more popular dishes on the menu are pho, a traditional Vietnamese noodle soup in beef broth, and clay pot chicken, which has a sweeter sauce. Other popular Vietnamese dishes are the savory yellow pan cake with pork and shrimp, and the spicy flat noodles with shrimp.

Vietnamese dishes tend to be healthier alternatives, offering plenty of fresh vegetables. It also has no MSGs.

Most of the items cost less than $11.95, and the lunch combo is $8.50, which gets you a soup and spring roll.

Bui said she's also proud of the beer selection.

The restaurant's employees wear shirts featuring a slogan that most folks — Americans or Vietnamese — are likely to agree with: “Beer is the Answer.”

“MeKong is for beer lovers,” Bui said.

The restaurant has about 68 beer selections from all over the world, including craft beers and micro brews. Bui's goal by late December is to offer 101 beers.

MeKong Restaurant
Where: 4318 Milan Road, Perkins Township, at the former Cookers location
Hours: Open seven days a week
Phone: 419-502-9476
More: A percent of the restaurant's dinner receipts Oct. 22 will go to the United Way of Erie County.
 

Comments

Good 2 B Me

Good clean atmosphere. Good food. Mid priced, but they make up for it in the quality!

Always good to try new food!

beepx22

their hot and sour soup is amazing, good food all around

Kelly

They need to lower their prices and cook SOMETHING that's not in brown sauce

buckeye15

I have only been there....so far...but I will be back! What I had was not in a brown sauce, and it was great. Kha was a real sweetheart and helped us choose something we would like. I thought the food prices were very reasonable, though some of the beers will make a dent in your wallet.

booster

We went there as a group for midweek lunch and we were all happy. I like the place. I had the Clay Pot Chicken. It was very good though ironically, not served in a clay pot but rather a metal pot. Still very good. When it arrived at the table I figured I would take half of it home (good size portion.) It was so good I ate it all.

doglover4life

This is my new favorite place to eat in Sandusky. The food has great flavor and is reasonably priced. My tab for 2 entrees and an appetizer is usually around $25. I recommend this place if you haven't all ready been there. The staff is friendly, the restaurant is clean and well priced. I kong, you kong everyone should MEKONG!

doglover4life

This is my new favorite place to eat in Sandusky. The food has great flavor and is reasonably priced. My tab for 2 entrees and an appetizer is usually around $25. I recommend this place if you haven't all ready been there. The staff is friendly, the restaurant is clean and well priced. I kong, you kong everyone should MEKONG!

MBR

Plenty of options w/out a brown sauce. And everything is FRESH, a rarity these days to find veggies cut daily instead of canned or frozen. Amazing spring rolls (I love them steamed but you can get them fried). The beers are not all typical beer--lots of Belgian beers (on trend), along with the regulars. I love trying new places and this is one of the very few we go back to again and again. YUM!

Kelly

Not true. There was VERY little, and nothing that sounded appetizing, that didn't say "brown sauce" on the menu. I'm sure it's great food if you like brown sauce but it would be nice if there were options for those that don't.

puddin95

How can a vietnamese restraurant not have a bahn mi ?

feedthetrolls

easy. dont buy any bread, and dont put it on the menu.