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Viet Pearl in Ellicott City has great food, odd decor
Viet Pearl in Ellicott City has great food, odd decor

In Howard County, excellent ethnic restaurants pop up in so many unlikely spots that finding a good meal in a nondescript strip mall is no longer surprising. But that doesn't take away from the appreciation of the good food we enjoyed after dinner at Viet Pearl, which opened in Ellicott City in December. The restaurant's decor is strange at best, and the staff was still learning the ropes during our meal, but the food was excellent. Scene & Decor During our visit, Viet Pearl's space had not yet been scrubbed of visual references to its former occupant, a restaurant and sports bar called the Wild Cajun. A long bar down the side of the main room was emblazoned with the old...

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