A Grand Time

Pho Saigon delivers delicious, authentic food in a forgotten corner of the South Grand strip

Less successful was a rice plate of stir-fried ginger chicken (Number 66, com ga xao gung). The bite of lots of fresh ginger was all well and good, and the ample garnishes of fresh foliage were beautiful, but the texture of the dark-meat chicken was a little on the funky side.

From the appetizer section, we enjoyed all four kinds of rolls. Rice-paper rolls filled variously with vermicelli, shrimp or pork or tofu, and a blast of bitter Thai basil, were all fresh and glossy. The French sandwich was also quite arresting: an unexpectedly excellent baguette housed cucumbers, pork, a slice of something resembling Spam and a substance falling somewhere between braunschweiger and chicken-liver mousse. If this sounds weird, well, it was.

At Pho Saigon, forks are rarely seen and English is used sparingly.
Jennifer Silverberg
At Pho Saigon, forks are rarely seen and English is used sparingly.

Location Info

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Pho Saigon Restaurant

3554 S. Grand Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63116

Category: Restaurant > Asian

Region: St. Louis - South City

CBGB

3163 S. Grand Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63118

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: St. Louis - South Grand

Pho Grand

3195 S. Grand Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63118

Category: Restaurant > Vietnamese

Region: St. Louis - South Grand

Details

Spring rolls $1.70
Summer rolls $1.60
French sandwich $2
Beef noodle soup $3.75
Ginger chicken $3.75
Beef curry noodles $4
Stir-fried tofu $5.95

771-5998. Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Mon., Tue. & Thu.; 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Fri.-Sun.

3554 South Grand

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So here's how I figure it: If you like waiting in line, using forks and getting the bum's rush, go to the touristy Pho Grand. But if it were my seven bucks, I'd spread out, take my time and enjoy hospitable service at Pho Saigon.

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