This institution of the culinary arts has attracted and wowed patrons looking for an establishment of fine Vietnamese cuisines in the Twin Cities. Saigon is located on the bustling University Avenue which holds a plethora of Southeast Asian restaurants and eclectic shops from the Frogtown strip of St. Paul stretching eastbound towards the State Capital of Minnesota.
From the many Vietnamese restaurants to choose from, this establishment has been hailed as the most popular pho restaurant, whether you’d like to dine in or to many surprise, take out. Yes that’s right, take out like curbside to go for a bowl of pho, as they’ll put the broth in a plastic pint size container with the fixings on the side in a styrofoam to go box.
Regardless if you’re not in the mood for some excellent pho, they have an extensive menu that would please any palate.My other favorites outside the pho dishes are their Vietnamese sandwiches stuffed with any combination to your likings of sliced roasted red pork, ground pork spaghetti-like halved meatballs, stringed sweet carrots and radishes pickled in sweetened vinegar, stemmed on cilantros, sliced pencil thick cucumber sections, thinly sliced jalapeños, stringed slices of Asian meatloaf, and lastly to the champagne colored creamy mayo-like substance—with an enhanced taste of the saltiness of fish sauce—to seal the deal on the sandwich; also, to the wide selections of broken rice platters, almost all the time served with an over easy fried egg to perfection for its complimentary taste, with combinations in choosing any or all the protein goodies such as: fried marinated pork chops, shredded crimson-charred grilled pork, fried chicken, marinated to perfection with a glaze shrimps, and lastly to the stringy tasty pork rinds.
The food is ranked at a high 8 (if there was one) out of 10. Beyond the food they share, their hospitable service makes the ambiance full of cheers and laughter amongst their patrons, which is a key to any byproduct of running a successful restaurant, so ending their customer service in 8 of 10 with the final tally of a whopping score 8 out of 10—almost perfection.