A few months ago I had reviewed this place and I think I was too hard on it. After eating there several more times I have found Rice and Noodles to clearly be the better choice when comparing it to other Vietnamese places. It is true that sometimes it takes the serving staff a while to notice you, but the food always comes out fast, fresh, and hot (sometimes so much that you have to wait a few minutes before you take a bite!) Last night, I wanted to take my mom out to try Vietnamese food for the first time. At first, I wanted to take her to Saigon Cafe, this place's competetor. Not only did it take them awhile to notice us there, they wouldn't let us sit down until they had cleaned off a specific table, even though there were 3 cleaned and open. When we finally did sit down, the guy who was sitting behind her had his chair pulled so far back it was right against her chair and forced her to sit straight up in an uncomfortable position. Also, there was no AC and it was blistering hot in there. We waited another 10 minutes (by now it had been 20 minutes since we walked in the door) and I said to my mom "Let's just go to the other place." So we left (no one even noticed) and we drove to Rice and Noodles. It was busy as always and we had to wait for a table. The difference is, we were noticed immediately and it took 15 minutes to, but we got a table and no more than 30 seconds after we sat down, a waitress took our drink order. We were also glad to be back in some good old AC. Since it was my mom's first time eating Vietnamese, I kind of chose what we got. We started with AP1 which were fried egg rolls with crab and chicken I believe. They came with a delicious dipping sauce that complemented them PERFECTLY. They came out piping hot in less than 5 minutes. For our main entree I had the com chien (fried rice with bean sprouts and scallions) with chinese pork sausage. I love their sausage. It's so sweet and flavorful! My mom got the Kho Bo (I think that's what it was called) but it's their version of beef stew and you get your choice of noodles or rice in it. She got rice noodles and LOVED it. The spices they use at this place are incredible! When I tried a peice of her beef, I couldn't tell how they made it. It kind of tasted like it was smoked, but it was so much more than that! For dessert, I tried the cafe parfait because I've tried almost all the other desserts. It was so good. It was like icecream with ladyfingers. The other desserts that I've had are the taro pudding (green pudding with oriental sweet potato), che bap (corn pudding-literally tastes like corn hahaha), and the flan (best I've had anywere). What's nice about this place is that it's pretty cheap too. A full appetizer (4 egg rolls), 2 entrees, 2 large jasmine sweet teas, and a dessert ended up totaling $35. I think that's pretty good for the stuff we got. I tell you what, though. I burned my mouth pretty badly because it's so good, I couldn't wait to eat it all, regardless of temperature.
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