Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Hidden Gem in North County

Saigon Noodles Restaurant

By Stacey Kuhns

A friend and I recently returned to a small "hole-in-the-wall' type restaurant for the second time. We had wonderful food and service the first time, so wanted to go back.

Saigon Noodles is located in the Escondido Promenade (in the Target Center) at 1264 Auto Parkway, Suite C, in Escondido, California. They are open Monday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

I apologize as I forgot to take a picture of the outside, but it is a normal strip mall place. Normal in looks, but the food is outstanding and there is a lot of it.

We started off with soup. I had the noodle soup with chicken broth and my friend had the chicken noodle soup. The noodles are thick rice noodles and so yummy. The broth was tasty and on a cold night it just hit the spot.

The soups are garnished with green onions and cilantro. My friend got a plate of sprouts, fresh jalapenos, and basil leaves that he used to garnish his soup. He loved the broth and noodles, but not the chicken that was in the soup. Warning: The small sized soups come in large bowls. I would think the large would feed a family of four easily. 

Hidden Gem in North County - Saigon Noodles Restaurant by Stacey Kuhns

Hidden Gem in North County - Saigon Noodles Restaurant by Stacey Kuhns

We both chose a soft noodle and vegetable dish for dinner. He chose chicken and I chose shrimp. The dishes are large and full of veggies and meat. My friend loved the chicken in the main dish and mine was full of shrimp and oh so good! The soups were so big (even though we got the small size), and filling that we took half our dinners home. 

Hidden Gem in North County - Saigon Noodles Restaurant by Stacey Kuhns

On our first trip to Saigon Noodle, we ordered the appetizers-spring rolls. They were fresh and delicious. Saigon Noodles seems busy for take-out as well as eat in, but we have never had to wait and the food comes quickly.

One thing I did not care for was that when you order a soda, it comes in a can with a glass of ice; so no free refills. However, the food and service makes up for that small thing easily.

Try them out. You will not be disappointed and the menu is large with plenty of items to choose from.

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