Myanmar/Burma and Vientiane in Elsewhere in Asia/Pacific: Dining Posted October 8, 2008 Looking back on our last Lao trip I'm struck by that warm feeling I have towards Vientiane. (the pictures don't seem to work anymore, but they're available on imageGullet if you can figure it out).Vientiane's dusty and flyblown, but it's got a pleasant neglected atmosphere I find charming. Still, it's never been the same since they cleared the beer garden out of the fountain.For eats, the Kop Chai Deau near the fountain was good, with very nicely done crickets (and I've eaten them across several continents). Le Grillot near the Talaat Sao was serviceable, but, for Indochine the wine was disappointing, having a very small selection they didn't quite know how to open.Le Na Dao has a better reputation, but was closed when we were there after New Years.I'd give L'Opera a miss. Once I was very fond of it, but I was disappointed last time.The Scandanavian Bakery behind the fountain is good for a baguette with ham and cheese.Street stalls everywhere are worth trying, especially down along the river side.For drinks....find Beer Lao on tap! Do not miss this opportunity.And look for Lao coffee. It's good...real good.And check, at the airport, if they still have beignets.Now, just promise to write and post.And I want to know if they've got cash machines (that work) yet! ←I think they have cash machines, only problem is they don't have anything you want to spend the cash on.