7104 Minstrel Way, Columbia, (410) 381-3188, anloirestaurant.com
For an unassuming restaurant in an ugly shopping strip (seriously, how many fast-food chains can you pack into one little strip?), An Loi is a gem. The important question to ask when going to a Vietnamese place is: "Is the broth any good?" The answer is a resounding "YES!" It's light and flavorful, with hints of cardamom and lemongrass, perfect for the freshly sliced accoutrements provided. An Loi is very accommodating for families and vegetarians alike. It's a packed house on the weekends, though, so be prepared to wait-on the upside, the service is swift and friendly, so the wait will most likely be pleasant.