We are always on the lookout for mom-and-pop eateries where chefs like to dine on their nights off. So when we spot a photo online featuring a trio of cooks tucking into generous portions of Vietnamese fare, we waste no time getting to the Everett restaurant in the shot.
This unassuming spot on Revere Beach Parkway, sandwiched between a Suzuki dealership and an auto alarm store, is easy to miss. Formerly Pho Number 9, Kiengiang Restaurant is named after a coastal province in South Vietnam. The 60-seat eatery is owned by husband and wife Loc and Kim Nguyen; they also do the cooking. On a weekday afternoon, the place appears to be a home away from home for its mainly Vietnamese-speaking patrons.