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From Big Sur's killer cliff-clinging eateries to Salinas' unparalleled produce, this blog aims to sniff out all things Monterey County can stomach, via picture and prose, curiosity and appetite, hand and mouth.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Good Noodlin': The Top Vietnamese Soup Kitchen Redux

A cult hit in Seaside has sprouted a branch in Marina. The Noodle Bar’s new location in the former Pizza Paradise (384-6225) is just two weeks into existence, but what I saw there on its one-week anniversary bodes well.

The menu is intact—only significantly larger, and with more vegetarian items. (The popular-as-ever spring rolls still rock, as pictured above.) The prices are the same: $5.50 for regular bowls and $6.50 for a large one. The somewhat clinical ambiance is another animal, as the feel of the coffee-shop-style counter on Fremont is impossible to replicate, but, as happened during my visit, they can now serve a party of 12, which would’ve filled the other location. (For nostalgic types there is a counter along the window).

Most importantly, the soups and noodles are still superb. My won ton soup soared on a broth I could slurp indefinitely and my pal’s chicken pho evaporated almost as immediately as mine. The Thai teas ($2.50) were just right. And the service is just as sweet and familial.