Start your Monday with pho

1.  Taste of Saigon

1) Beef pho

” I feel so crabby and tired on Mondays,” Oh the joys of Mondays. When you have class or work from early 8 in the morning till late at night, Mondays always seems too be the longest day of the week.  It is a universal feeling to have the ‘Monday blues’ or ‘Monday problems’, especially to college students who are having big mid-term exams in the near future. Starting the first day of a week with a non-fresh crabby face usually leads to negative consequences throughout the whole day  onto the rest of the week- Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Whew! We all know we don’t want to ruin our precious days because of one day.

For whomever having this Monday crisis, has the scoop on the best fixes and suggestions. Everyone might has their own way of getting over a glooming Monday but you might haven’t noticed that one of the greatest way is to treat your self with good food. But with what kind of food? My answer is: start your Monday with pho.

” The way we cook is very Vietnamese” said waitress Oakboon Ji, who has been working in Taste of Saigon in Canal Park for 24 years.

According to, Taste of Saigon  has a complete menu with an extensive list of vegetarian items. Beer and wine is also available.  It has 100% liability since they  have been voted the best Asian restaurant in Duluth by the Duluth News Tribune and other local area publications for over 12 consecutive years!


According to Brian Nguyen, a Vietnamese from Minneapolis, hot Pho is strongly recommended in rainy days or chilly weathers.

“It doesn’t taste like it’s from a restaurant but taste like more like home”, said Nguyen, “The dishes and decorations aren’t so fancy and that make me feel like I’m eating at home which is the reason I go there a lot.”

In Taste of Saigon,  various menus, a mix of Vietnamese, Mandarin and Szechuan dishes are waiting for you, but if you have no idea of what to expect from Vietnamese food, the first thing you need to try is the representative food of the country: pho. If you want to know more about the menu click here.

Pho is not on the menu, but a picture of it is there when you look at the right side of table. There is a little post-it note that shows chicken, pork and beef options for it.  Beef is a dollar more expensive than the other two options but if you want to taste the tender texture of meat with the thick soup, beef is the best choice. The Beef pho in Taste of Saigon is pricey at $10.50 a bowl but they package your leftovers very well and you can get two meals out of one order easily.

They serve cilantro, onion, lime and other vegetables in separate dish so you can put the right amount of it in without telling the waitress how to dress your pho.

Start your Monday with hot thick pho with fresh lime in soup!

Below are contact info and open/close time of Taste of Saigon.

Taste Of Saigon Inc.
394 S Lake Ave
Duluth, MN  55802

Phone: (218) 727-1598
Hours of Operation:

Monday 11:00 AM – 8:30 PM
Tuesday 11:00 AM – 8:30 PM
Wednesday 11:00 AM – 8:30 PM
Thursday 11:00 AM – 8:30 PM
Friday 11:00 AM – 9:30 PM
Saturday 11:00 AM – 9:30 PM
Sunday 11:00 AM – 8:30 PM

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