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Aug 22, 2011 02:39 PM

For those interested in Vietnamese food...

The place next to the Publix on 150 has reopened. It's now called "Asian Cuisine", but has most of the same good Vietnamese stuff it had before and the same family is working there, cooking the food, etc... This is my favorite Vietnamese place in the area, and I despite that I don't make it out to Hoover often, when I do this is a destination. The Bun Bo Hue is always great. There was also a catfish tamarind soup that wasn't bad.
They also now have some "Chinese" food, but I didn't try any of it.
The place on 280 (Saigon noodle house) isn't bad, but I'm not a huge fan and I don't really like the place of green springs (Pho something-or-other)

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  1. There is a good bit of chatter about this place on other sites too; I cannot wait to try it but with Chen's so close I'm not sure I can resist the urge to go there instead. Yes I know we're talking two entirely different cuisines.

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    1. re: Dax

      Chen's is a different type of food, so there's plenty of room in my restaurant list for it. However, I stopped going since IMO it seems to have gone downhill some (I think they sent the previous chef to open a place in Jackson, MS). It pisses me off when restaurants (Chen's, Silver Coin, etc.) get a strong following, then go lax on the quality to make more money.

      1. re: Tuzi

        Yes, but for me when I drive out there (seldom), it's more a lack of infinite amounts of money so it's usually a or b.

        Why do you think Chen's has gone downhill, specifically? Everything I have had there lately (salt and pepper squid, beef in hot oil, xlbs, etc) have been as good as always. I am not the biggest fan of their soups overall (not bad, just not great) but other than that most items I have had there have been good (except the baby bok choy and mushrooms).

        1. re: Dax

          I just think the general quality is not as good. They seem to have started making the stuff sweeter and some of the veggies don't seem quite as fresh. The chili sauce used to be good, and now sucks. They seem to be transitioning to a typical American-Chinese place to me. I don't bother anymore and just stick to Red Pearl. I think the only Hoover place I go to now is Asian Cuisine.
          I went back to Asian Cuisine, and I'll say the cold vermicelli with grilled pork and eggrolls is much better at Saigon Noodle on 280. The pad thai isn't amazing, but better than just about every Thai place in the area (which isn't saying much). They actually put tamarind in it.

          Asian Cuisine
          229 French Farms Blvd Ste L, Athens, AL 35611