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Conor samples Little Saigon’s traditional Vietnamese cuisine

» By CONOR SCRUTON – cscruton@my.apsu.edu

In my travels for The All State this semester, I’ve been to both classic must-sees of Clarksville and places more off the beaten path. Last week, I went to a restaurant that falls into the latter category.

Little Saigon is a Vietnamese restaurant at 1191B Fort Campbell Blvd., and can be easy to miss if you aren’t paying attention. It’s tucked away next to a couple other businesses and is rather unassuming in general.

A tip: if you’re driving from campus, look for their sign on the right just after passing the Rural King.

I decided to check this place out after a friend recommended it, and honestly, it’s not hard to convince me to try new Asian food.

I’ve always been a fan of Thai and Japanese food, so I figured a Vietnamese restaurant would be right up my alley.

For any readers who haven’t tried Vietnamese food, Little Saigon helpfully offers a selection of Asian entrées familiar to most Americans – such as chop suey and lo mein – as well as traditional Vietnamese cuisine.

At my friend’s suggestion, I tried the Pho Ga, which is a type of chicken noodle soup very similar to miso soup, for any fans of Japanese food.

It’s hard to go wrong with chicken soup, and my dish was no exception. My meal was reasonably priced, and the amount of food was more than enough to fill me up. If you’re a fan of bean sprouts or noodles, this is definitely the food for you.

One thing I tried on a whim, but solidly recommend, is the Thai tea. I ordered it out of curiosity, and it ended up being a combination of cold tea and chocolate. It’s an odd taste to pin down, but I was really a fan of it.

Considering I’m still fairly unfamiliar with Vietnamese food on the whole, readers who know more may want to check out Little Saigon’s reviews on yelp.com and urbanspoon.com for more information.

Just a warning: this is a small, out-of-the-way Asian restaurant, not a big franchise. Personally, I enjoyed it, but I’m also a big fan of the food and have been to plenty of similar restaurants in various towns.

It’s definitely a transition from classic American dining, but if you want a more interesting dinner date this weekend, Little Saigon is definitely worth a try. TAS

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