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Noodle Guy

Map & Directions 1257 E. Valley Blvd.
Alhambra, CA 91801
  • Vietnamese
  • Sun-Thu 8am-10pm, Fri-Sat 8am-11pm
  • MasterCard, Visa, Discover
  • Takeout
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • No Alcohol
  • Reservations Not Necessary
  • Parking Lot Available


LA Weekly's Description

Noodle Guy is kind of hip for a pho restaurant, furnished with lacquered wood, art on the walls and big flat-screen televisions permanently tuned to the Lakers. The logo, obsessively posted throughout the restaurant, pictures a chubby manga dude whose tongue is captured mid-slobber, in anticipation of the noodles dangling from his chopsticks. The tables are filled with teenagers. The guys waiting tables may or may not be graduate students at UC Irvine. Even the soup bowls are kind of nice, or at least nice enough to make it clear that they were not the single cheapest bowls available at the restaurant-supply store that day. I've been in four or five times, and my elbows have yet to stick to the table, which is probably a record when it comes to local noodle shops.

What is not on the menu, but which half the people in the restaurant seem to know about anyway, is the pho with Kobe beef, thin, raw slivers of the luxury meat that poach in the heat of the broth, floating among herbs, sliced chiles and slivered onions. And what you might never have expected is that pho may end up being among the highest and best expressions of Wagyu beef. The flesh firms but never quite cooks through, and its tenderness and richness are accentuated rather than overwhelmed by the cinnamon, clove and charred onion in the mild beef soup - the taut-cello-string beefiness really comes through. See full review.

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  • mai l. on 08/07/11

    @maian says eat the kobe beef noodle soup

  • Tiffany H. on 10/20/13

    This place is my old friend's husband open. They serve vietnamese food. Everything in this restaurant is good and quality is good, too ^.^

  • Christine T. on 04/02/11

    Definitely try the Kobe beef pho!

  • Tu H. on 02/25/11

    Kobe beef pho!

  • Jennifer H. on 08/07/13

    Good broth, just stick to the normal pho and skip the Kobe beef.

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