Com Vietnamese Grill: La Lot + Flounder on Buford Highway

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Com Vietnamese Grill stands out among Asian restaurants on Buford Highway.

Buford Highway is an area of international mini-malls about 10 miles north of Atlanta. Taquerias are jammed next to Korean restaurants, which abut Chinese dim sum parlors and Vietnamese cafes. Com Vietnamese Grill is one of the more ambitious restaurants along the eating corridor, which stretches all the way to Doraville.

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Com’s decorated with vibrant paintings of Vietnamese home life and has attracted large crowds and garnered national attention after only seven months in business.

I ate my way across Vietnam last year, and ever since then, I’ve been skeptical of any State-side renditions of Vietnamese dishes. Happily, after one bite of duck-filled la lot leaves at Com, I instantly dropped my guard. Com serves interesting dishes I never encountered across the Pacific.

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Instead of the ubiquitous beef-filled la lot leaves, Com offered lamb-, duck- and salmon-stuffed versions ($5.50 apiece), all delicious. They each came six pieces to an order, topped with crumbled peanuts and fried onion strands.

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We ordered three entrees, none better than flaky grilled flounder fillet ($14.95) served on rice vermicelli buns, topped with more crushed peanuts and fried onion strands.

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A grilled shrimp rice vermicelli ($7.95) bowl featured plump, spice-grilled crustaceans and fresh veggies.

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Sizzling beef ($9.95) was the least successful dish, starring overcooked and fatty beef served on a sizzling platter with peppers and onions.

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For dessert, our waitress gave us three battered and deep-fried bananas rolled in granulated sugar. Two bites was all I could handle; it was so rich. I’m glad it was free.

To drink, I ordered a mix of milk and fresh, pulpy orange juice, served on the rocks. I know it must sound disgusting, but the drink tasted incredible.

I was very happy with my Com experience. Unfortunately, I wasn’t paying close enough attention while I was at the restaurant. In a post-meal scroll across Com’s website and Meredith Ford’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution review, I realized I could have ordered charcoal grilled sheep’s head and an off-the-menu item, alligator hot pot. Next time.

After reading Com’s write-ups, I was intrigued. After eating their food, I left a believer.

FYI: Things are going so well, the Com owners plan to open a second branch in January 2006, up Buford Highway in the town of Chamblee.


Joshua Lurie

Joshua Lurie founded FoodGPS in 2005. Read about him here.

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