Best of Boston

2008 Best Vietnamese Restaurant

Xinh Xinh

This spanking-clean Chinatown eatery makes neophytes feel welcome without sacrificing neighborhood authenticity. Even better, the food leaves us so invigorated that we’d swear it has health-boosting effects—xinh xinh means ‘young and beautiful,’ after all. Start with the fortifying chicken or beef pho (sure to put a glow in your cheeks), move on to more-substantial dishes like ca kho to (caramelized catfish) and banh mi bo kho (beef stew with crusty rolls), and head home in a perfect harmony of serenity and satiety.

7 Beach St., Boston, 617-422-0501,