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“Good streamlined Americanized Viet without sacrifice in flavor”
Review of Saigon Cafe

Saigon Cafe
Ranked #42 of 482 Restaurants in Duluth
Price range: US$1 - US$20
Cuisines: Asian, Vietnamese
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Reviewed 18 July 2016

I'm glad Saigon has increased their menu options. Before they became the chain, this was the original and it was authentic and the menu was large and messy and then they streamlined it for 3-4 years and it was literally 1/3 of the original menu which sucked for those who wanted the real stuff.

But it seems like they brought back the original options! So I brought super American friends who were more picky on eating but the Americanized options were done very well. I was surprised by how flavorful and not over sauced/sweet the lo mein, fried rice, and general tso's chicken were! The pho was done well too.

I recommend for those who are first timers, try the fried rice and lo mein if you wanna share. If you wanna be a tiny bit more adventurous either go for a noodle dish-- paid thai or singaporean crispy noodle or if you're soupy, go for the P2 pho which doesn't have the "strange" parts of the animal like tendon meatballs, tripe, etc. The rice dishes that come with a side of chicken, vietnamese meats are also a safe bet.

Their bubble tea here is SUPER sugary. think 150% sugar for those who are bubble tea gurus. bubble are done right but the syrup could leave you with a sugar high for hemoglobin Ha1c haha.

Good homey atmosphere. Slightly dim with the nice kitchen table over each table kinda style. Some vietnamese village kind of setting and the staff are friendly and attentive.

Date of visit: July 2016
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Thank Sandy J
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Reviewed 27 June 2016 via mobile

There are so many Vietnamese restaurants in and around Duluth and everyone has their favorite. This is mine and has been for many years. I like to try them all but I always come back here.

Date of visit: June 2016
Thank annecordelia
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Reviewed 21 March 2016

Love this place! Came in, got seated right away. Service was very prompt. My girlfriend ordered pho and I ordered Com Bo Luc Lac which was a delicious cuts of fillet in a sauce with yellow rice and you can add fried eggs which I recommend as it really adds to the flavor. We both loved it, everything was excellent!

Date of visit: March 2016
Thank Ted K
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Reviewed 23 July 2015

Pho doesn't have flavor anymore!!! The broth was very very bland. 3 people in my party were all disappointed. What happened to this restaurant? I have eaten here at least 20 times the past 10 years. This week's visit was very disappointing. Shredded pork rolls were ok...they were wrapped in lettuce (no bean sprouts, herb leaves...) They served the rolls with hoison sauce which is not correct. Should be fish sauce. New owners? Maybe need to be retrained. My plastic cup was dirty too. Decided not to drink anything.

Date of visit: July 2015
Thank C3ontheroad
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Reviewed 12 July 2015

The food must be authentic when the Asian customers are always in the majority. The Pho is always delicious, light, fresh and filling. Tonight I had the Pad Thai with tofu which was worth trying again. Service is great with a waitstaff willing to explain the menu to those not familiar with the items. Food is prepared fresh but there is never a long wait.

Date of visit: July 2015
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Thank Tom K
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