March 24, 2005 at 2:43am By: Mr. T Posted in 625 Elm Street

I swung by the old Vien Dong restaurant across from UNL’s city campus earlier this afternoon. As some of you may know, Vien Dong recently and quietly gave up (or moved on). They served a damn good beef pho, which I use to eat religiously once a week last summer. Anyway, walking by there was a very small sign with a photo indicating that the old Vien Dong will now become “Dat Nguyen’s Restaurant” and there was a small photo of a guy standing behing a teppanyaki grill and holding a plate of sushi.

This should be an interesting development. In my experience, teppanyaki places actually make very good fast food joints. A typical place will have several teppanyaki grills surrounded by chairs, with a chef who will cook up an entree on the flat iron grill (so hot it takes a minute or so to cook the food) in front of you, and comes as a set meal with say, a small vegetable salad, white rice, and some miso soup, which is served to you separately.

Here is a photo I googled depicting a teppanyaki type of experience. Notice that all the customers have smiles on their faces, communicating a message that they are happy and pleased with the meal. I have never been to a restaurant where the patrons all have similar such smiles plastered onto their faces, but I would be happy if there was a quality, inexpensive teppanyaki place to replace Vien Dong.

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Mr. Wilson March 24, 2005 at 5:57pm

The photographer was obviously going for some sort of New Age Last Supper. I think the people in the photo are just smiling because their munchies have been satisfied.

Mr. T March 24, 2005 at 9:51pm

Uh, dude…This is a blog about LINCOLN. That is why it is called LINCOLNITE.COM. I am posting a message about a potential new addition to Lincoln’s culinary scene. Yet you, as always, respond with some vapid remark having little if anything to do with Lincoln. What’s up with that? Stick with the program Wilson. You have been warned.

Mr. Wilson March 24, 2005 at 9:57pm

You’re a strange, strange little man.

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