A Closer Look at Ba Mien Bistro

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"The chile basil wings — five for $7 — are masterpieces of poultry , and all the more delicious because I was so surprised by them. When I think traditional Vietnamese food (as opposed to more modern fusion takes on the cuisine), I think pho and banh mi, not chicken wings. So it was with much anticipation, and then rapture, that I bit into the sweet, garlicky, juicy wings topped with paper-thin wisps of fried basil." Read more about Ba Mien Bistro in this week's Cafe review. PHOTOS BY TROY FIELDS.