Restaurants come in all shapes and sizes and do not all remain in the same location.
All types of appetite are attracted and satiated, and every budget can be catered to. Food in each category is surprisingly good, despite obvious questions about hygiene, which lurk in foreigners' heads. Service is always friendly. Street locations preclude the need to pay rent.
I read an article is some newspaper, which had set out to discover the "best" sandwich in the world. Something on a baguette from a street vendor in Vietnam won the nod...believe it or not. I believe it.
During our visit to Hanoi, the bus stopped for lunch, which was billed as "typical Vietnamese cuisine". I cannot be faulted in believing that we would enter the restaurant on the right in the following photo...which looks like a "typical" Vietnamese restaurant (even if previous photos belie that term).
Through the left entrance, we enjoyed lunch in a beautifully interior-designed restaurant, which could be any high-rent district of any many western city. The decor was marvelous, and the food was excellent. That said, I'm sure the food is also good through the door on the right, but the decor is a bit less exciting.
And this in a communist country. Restaurants do not get more upscale than this...
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.