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Saigon (CLOSED)

431 Cambridge Street, Allston, MA 02134

Photo of Saigon, Allston, MA It is no coincidence that many of Boston's best hidden restaurants are in rather dark and rough-looking areas. People typically yearn for safety, convenience, and familiarity; hence, they are often unaware of restaurants in neighborhoods that have seen their better days. Perhaps that is why we were the only people having dinner in the outstanding Saigon restaurant on our first visit to the place. Saigon sits in a bleak, forgotten neighborhood in Allston, just around the corner from one of Boston's busiest intersections. The first thing that strikes you about this Vietnamese restaurant is how small the place looks from the outside. Inside, Saigon has two cozy rooms, each with a few tables. The food is served by a friendly, efficient waitstaff, and, to put it simply, rivals any other Vietnamese food in the Boston area. Everything at Saigon is freshly made and delicious; traditional noodle soups called Pho can be found here, and they are truly the ultimate comfort food.

Vietnamese restaurants seem to be popping up everywhere in the Boston area these days. Not surprisingly, some are better than others. Saigon is undoubtedly near the top of the list and is the perfect place to order hot soup on a cold night. And if you go, chances are, you won't have a wait for a table. Well, not until people find out about Saigon, anyways.