Saigon Restaurant


restsaigonThis 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.



  1. Jerry Thao

    June 17, 2009 at 9:52 AM

    The foods awesome, especially the broken rice platter.

    A must visit place to eat in Minnesota!

  2. nkaujhmoob

    June 22, 2009 at 12:22 AM

    Food, 6.5 out of 10, a much lower rating then I wanted to give them just because I order the chicken wings and it came out very repeat, VERY greasy, which was unexpected. I mean I like trying new things but there was so much grease/ oil that I can could have just pour in my cup and drink it like a smoothie. GROSS!

    The service I wold say is 5 out of 10, nothing out of the norm.

    I usually go there on Sunday afternoon for a recovery meal after a long night of partying and drinking. I'm sure my Hmong party go-ers would agree with me. Pho does the body good! :]

  3. Saul

    June 24, 2009 at 11:29 AM

    Good, cheap, and hearty…damn best thing ever, especially their Sandwiches…

  4. Xia

    January 6, 2010 at 6:06 AM

    They lost their flavour since they moved to their new building (words say that the taste is fit to Miskas people now), so everyone left to Trieu Chiau now where pho is still original

  5. Joey Thao

    January 12, 2010 at 6:58 AM

    How come u never take me with?? LoL

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