Today I'm turning over this space to all-star intern Samantha Rollins, a student at Northwestern. Her mission: to seek affordable, delicious eats, without breaking her meager budget.
From the moment we got off the Red Line at the Argyle stop, the aroma of Vietnamese food was in the air. You'd be hard-pressed to find a restaurant there that isn't authentic - after all, this area of Uptown is often called "Little Vietnam." As it started to rain, my friends and I ducked into Cafe Hoang, at 1010 W. Argyle Street.
Inside, the restaurant was sparsely decorated, save for the few live plants pushed up against the neon-lit interior. Despite it being a Sunday night, all of the tables were taken, mostly by Vietnamese families, and I was glad to see their stamp of approval. The drink and smoothie menu was extensive, and we were eager to try the mango, avocado and durian versions.