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My DFW: Anh Vo

The owner of Cindi's N.Y. Delicatessen Restaurant & Bakery shares her favorite spots around town.

When she arrived in the United States from South Vietnam more than 30 years ago, Anh Vo and her family were political refugees. After freeing her husband, Hong, from a Vietnamese prison camp, Anh gave birth to her first child just 19 days before they all boarded a boat—which would endure four pirate raids—for America.

Anh Vo
(Courtesy Anh Vo)

Though the family didn’t speak much English, three years after they moved to Dallas, Anh and her husband bought a grocery and deli in Lake June. Ownership of other eating establishments followed, and in 1989, Anh and Hong purchased a defunct restaurant on North Central Expressway.

Today that’s one of five Cindi’s locations, as Anh has continued to expand the traditional Jewish deli.

Which item on the Cindi's menu is your personal favorite?

I love our matzo ball soup.

Cindi's matzo ball soup
Cindi's matzo ball soup (Courtesy Cindi's)

What's your favorite DFW landmark?

I have to choose the Reunion Tower—it’s the classic Dallas landmark. Seeing it after I travel always makes me smile and reminds me I’m home.

If I can pick two, I would also name Fair Park, now that my daughter-in-law Phuong is a food vendor at the State Fair of Texas, selling her famous fried chicken skins at the booth Eat Crispies. I’m so proud of her.

Texas State Fair Midway
Texas State Fair Midway (©DCVB)

What are some of your favorite places to visit around town?

The Dallas Arboretum is always so beautiful to visit. We hosted my daughter's wedding there last year so it brings a lot of special memories. I think the Bishop Arts District is also so fun and lively.

Dallas Arboretum
(©DCVB)

Besides Cindi's, where else do you love to eat out?

My family and I love Sushi Sake in Richardson. The ambience is lovely and Chef Takashi Soda makes the best sushi in town. We also enjoy Hibiscus for a special evening out. The food and service never disappoint.

My Perfect Day

8 am—Start the Morning Off Right

Of course, start with coffee and breakfast at Cindi's!

Crepes
Cindi's crepes (Courtesy Cindi's)

11 am—The Art of Shopping

Visit the Dallas Arts District. Have lunch at Mr. Mesero before they get too busy. Then stop by NorthPark Center for the best shopping to be found anywhere.

NorthPark Center
NorthPark Center (©DCVB)

7 pm—Simply Scrumptious

Enjoy dinner at Sushi Sake.

Sushi Sake
Sushi Sake (©Juan Carlos De Martin)