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Artful Balance at Saigon Noodle House

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There’s plenty to say about the food at Avondale’s Saigon Noodle House. But if there’s a single symbol  of the restaurant, it’s a mural.

Taking up an entire rear wall, it’s Saigon Noodle House’s defining artwork. In more ways than one.

It features a bubble tea stall and a cart called “Saigon Noodle House” surrounded by iconic Birmingham structures. AL.com describes the cart’s presence in this “mash-up of the old and the new,” that the restaurant’s Vietnamese heritage remains in the foreground.

We say it’s also a declaration of intent: that Saigon Noodle House will make its mark on the Birmingham scene. And it should, blending Vietnamese flavors with the slim menu and high style of Birmingham’s urban food scene. It is a grand balance, indeed.

As in so many Avondale hot spots–Saw’s, for instance, and Post Office Pies–pork is a standout at Saigon Noodle House. It’s tender but not moist, which sounds odd but highlights the marinade flavor. There are also plenty of plays on texture: the crunch of fresh cucumbers, the brittle crispness of fried wrappers, the crackle of crunchy French bread.

Cocktails are a new addition to Saigon Noodle House offerings, AL.com noted. A delightful one, in our opinion. We’re fans of the Tet-a-Tet, with its sweet citrus profile plans and charming umbrella topper. There have also been Jack and Coke slushies. Both appeal to the kid at heart who enjoys a grown-up libation. The drinks are “playful,” which is exactly how AL.com described that mural.

It’s also how we think of the Avondale scene.

Perhaps more than anywhere else in Birmingham, Avondale tends to be a family-friendly evening out. It’s charming and creative and fun. And the fast casual setup at Saigon Noodle House is no exception. The right blend of style and substance, both neighborhood and restaurant are a delight.


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