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It'd be easy to dismiss Nudo Nudo, the latest venture by the guys behind Afters Ice Cream, as a noodle house for the Insta-obsessed Asian foodie set. After all, it's got that kind of vibe -- neon lights, Instagram wall, bold typeface on the walls -- but look past all that and realize it's in the middle of Little Saigon. Like, literally the middle of Little Saigon: It's on Bolsa a block east of Moran (also known as the capital of Vietnamese-language media in the US), two blocks from Asian Garden Mall, and three blocks from the place where I buy my tires.
For a noodle shop to survive in this space, it's got to have substance to back up its shine, and substance Nudo Nudo has in spades. And while it serves above average pho (top 20 percent easy) at competitive prices ($6.50 - $7.50 a bowl), the pho isn't even the best thing on the menu.More »