Thai >Lang Van Vietnamese
3019 Shamrock Dr, Charlotte, NC | Directions 2821535.236497 -80.774805
Neighborhoods: Shannon Park
Best Place to Eat in Charlotte – Lang Van is my Favorite restaurant in Charlotte. The place is small, and they are very friendly. The food is phenomenal. I'm Chinese and I feel as though I disappoint my family because when they come to town, I always take them out to get Vietnamese food!
Their peanut sauce is the best I've ever had. I recommend the vegetarian dishes mostly because they really know how to cook tofu. I've tried almost every dish in their vegetarian section and I can't think of one I didn't like.
If you like Asian cuisine you'll love this place.
DINNER WAS RUSHED – We brought some ex-New Yorkers who were craving Vietnamese food to Lang Van last week. As expected the food was very good - fresh and beautifully seasoned with light sauces.
However, we felt that our food was almost thrown at us it came out so fast. We were not finished with one course before another was brought out. We surely did not have a chance to savor our food. We had the distinct impression that we were smilingly being pushed out. We would have liked to sit and chat a bit after we finished eating, but would have felt very uncomfortable doing so.
LANG VAN is our choice for great Vietnamese Cuisine – LANG VAN is our favorite Asian restaurant in Charlotte. It's been the site of many family outings, birthdays, celebrations, even a New Years Eve or two! We love the food, the variety and the people who run the restaurant. LANG VAN is a bit 'out of the way' for us (we live in South Charlotte) but well worth the drive. But, if you live in the Plaza Midwood area or nearer to Uptown, it's only a few minutes away. Having lived in Washington DC where great restaurants are on every street, we were delighted to find a great, locally owned Vietnamese restaurant like LANG VAN! We highly recommend it to anyone!
This is where we bring all our out of town company! – My family discovered Lang Van a few years ago when the restaurant was operated by the original family owners. We were unfamiliar with Vietnamese food and were very happy when the owner's son spent a considerable amount of time explaining the vast menu, and helped us order things he thought we would like. He was right. Everyone ordered something different, and we all had extraordinary meals!! Not only was the food very fresh, cooked in healthy ways, and without thick coatings of sauce, but the prices were very reasonalbe. And the service was amazing! They bring each dish out when it is ready. So everyone may not be served at the same time, but each dish is at it's peak when brought to the table. Within 3 minutes, everyone has their awesome meals!
When the original owners sold Lang Van, we feared the worst. However, we were happy to learn that many of the original employees bought the restaurant, and it has only improved. There is one beautiful soul who has been there forever. She hugs us when she sees us now. She remembers what we ordered the last time, and even "treats" us to a Vietnamese coffee, or a special dessert because we come often.
Friends are often baffled about what to order. But she asks what they like to eat, then says, "I'll bring you something you like!" They always look a bit concerned, but never have we had a guest who didn't absolutely LOVE the dish she brought out for them.
If you like tofu, you will LOVE the tofu here. If you have had a bad experience with tofu, or never tried it, this is the place to fall in love with it! Pan fried noodles with vegetables and tofu in garlic sauce is one of my favorites. Try he spring rolls with shrimp. There are also dishes you can cook at your table. Your water glass will always be full. But no matter what you order, I have confidence you will LOVE this place, and return often.
I am leaving the area soon, and Lang Van will be on the top of my list of things/places I will miss!
Authentic Vietnamese Restaurant Like Chinese but much much better. – Lang Van is authentic Vietnamese food that is family owned and run. You can get Pho style (Noodle soup) or regular, all I can say is they are both extraordinary. There maybe a Wait for a table but the food and service is woth it. the service is marvelous, They will even make the food to you desired spice level. The servigngs are very generous so if you don't come realy hungry your takeing a box home. The two types of Vietnamese Egg Rolls are out of this world. The first kind come fried like Chinese Egg Rolls but are much tastier and flavorful and the dipping sauce is extraordinary. The second type comes as a plate full of steamed vegitable and frisbee like hard rice paper that you put into hot water to soften the you load with vegi's and wrap. It comes with a Hoisen sauce that is just marvelous. The prices are very sensible. A family of four can easily get out for under $60 not including gratuity. Try it, I promise you won't be sorry.
WOW - Its hard to believe this place could get a bad review! – For the price you just can?t beat the food quality and service. Everyone was pleasant and attentive even when all seats were filled. The food was very fresh and cooked perfectly (especially crisp veggies and large servings). The only complaint was that we left reeking like a greasy restaurant. Perhaps they'll invest their new fortune in better ventilation - but hey, it's worth the dry cleaning bill. ;-)
Wow! I was very impressed – We visited the restaurant recently on a sunday night based on recommendations from both friends and some vietnamese immigrants my wife works with. Upon arrival we were a little nervous since it looks a little sketchy from the outside. We had a group of 8 though and had driven across town so we went inside. We were pleasantly suprised with a humble, yet pleasant atmosphere. It was suprisingly crowded for a Sunday evening, but they were able to seat us quickly. The waitstaff was extremely friendly and attentive and we soon felt right at home.
Nobody in the group was very experienced with vietnamese cuisine, but we were excited to try it. Most things on the menu ranged from $7 - $15, so most of us ended up telling the waitress what meats vegetables and spices we liked and she had the chef make up something different for each of us. (I think each of us was charged $10-$11 for our entres) Every dish that came out was different, yet equally amazing. There was a lot of sharing and many friendly arguments over whose meal was the best.
They also brought us a really neat appetizer with dried rice paper that you soak in warm water with chopsticks then use to make your own spring-roll. They went really well with Vietnamese beers!
Overall it was a great experience. We will definately be returning in the future.
New owners same name – It appears that the original owners did indeed sell out of this restaurant. The children of the owners have opened another restaurant not too far away that sounds good. Check out this review:
I could not insert the exact link so just google: Culinary Corner: Ben Thanh Vietnamese Restaurant
Great food – These idiots below me just don't know what they're talking about. I have had only pleasant experiences at Lang Van, and the food is a surprising and really unique change from the usual bland Azian Fuzion type fare that Charlotte seems to so often suffer from. The people have been very nice, and I have quite enjoyed the soups especially.
overrated – for what too many people call "the best vietnamese food in charlotte," this place is so below average. the food, honestly, is not that great. portions are small, and flavors are bland. i think they may have been good long, long ago, but now have gotten lazy. don't go here for vietnamese food.
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