Swoon cues: A blissful smile, an approving clockwise eye roll from earth to heaven back to earth, gentle moaning — a yardstick of “mmmmmmm” — delivered in low, firm exhalation. Mention Vietnam Kitchen to just about any Louisvillian, and you can expect the above reactions.
Hunting down delicious and affordable Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine in this city isn’t hard. One could argue that behind pizza, hummus runs a close second for its consistent presence in Louisville neighborhoods. But when it comes to small, hidden places that attract mighty allegiances, Alwatan on Klondike Lane wins.