This is the front at 3133 Glendale Blvd....no sign
I love the Bauhaus-meets-Kerouac look of the new Viet Noodle Bar in Atwater, with dozens of beatniky tomes piled haphazardly along the length of the restaurant. Paul Bowles? Check? F. Scott Fitzgerald biography? Check. "Paris in the Twenties"? Check. I love that there's no sign, and that everyone eating there looks exactly alike (30ish, glasses, slightly scruffy, yet attractive), and that Daily Candy thought people might have trouble finding the remote outpost of Atwater. Perfect for solo diners...lots of reading material
I just wish Viet Noodle Bar had opened with a few more menu items, especially some pho or something else warming on a blustery day like today. For now there's a jackfruit salad, spring rolls (the raw kind, not the fried kind), Viet tamales, which are rice flour pancakes and shrimp steamed in a banana leaf, and two kinds of cold noodles: turmeric whitefish and a vegetarian model. There's also the supposedly super-healthy deep green pennywort drink and Vietnamese coffee. That's about it for now, although the owner says new items are coming soon.
Whitefish bun noodles ($8)
The whitefish was nicely spiced with a curryish crust, although the noodles needed a few extra sauces to moisten them up. Cute place, but please...bring on the pho!
They're open for lunch and dinner until 11 every day (and closed from 3-5 in the afternoon).