Wednesday, April 22, 2009

44. Vietnamese restaurants in Champaign-Urbana


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Do you crave for Vietnamese food?

At one time a couple of years ago, the Vietnamese food connoisseurs would have no option to satisfy their cravings in Champaign-Urbana area. The last vietnamese restaurant, Pho-Tran, on University avenue, closed a couple of years ago.

But last year, and early 2009, there opened 2 new Vietnamese restaurants in the area.

Here they are:

1. Xinh Xinh Cafe

Xinh Xinh Cafe
114 North Vine Street
Urbana, IL
217-337-7600
Open Monday through Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; closed on Sundays

It is the newest Vietnamese place in the area. Located right next to Schnucks on Vine Street in Urbana. The prices are quite low, and the food is amazing. The best part is the smiling owner, Shai Mauth, who will occassionally chit-chat with you.

One small catch, they only take cash, so better fill your wallet. Of course, most of their prices are less than $8-10, so you won't need too much.

You can get regular updates from Xinh Xinh Cafe on Twitter.

Also, check out Champaign Taste's Review of Xinh Xinh cafe.


2. Saigon Vietnamese Cuisine

Saigon is in Savoy, it opened in 2008. It is in the same place where a Chinese buffet used to be, but closed after a short while.

According to Champaign-Taste's review, the food is good, though people have commented that their prices are a bit high.

Saigon Vietnamese Cuisine
On South Neil St. in Savoy, next to Friar Tuck (Savoy Plaza)

Phone: 217-351-8880

Open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday

6 comments:

Lisa said...

Heavens, I haven't thought about Pho-Tran for years! That was a jolt from the past. I had forgotten all about that place.

I'm glad you've now got the Vietnamese restaurants in C-U onto your 1,000 things list. We're lucky to have them in a town this size. And thanks for the mentions of my reviews.

Loretta said...

Thanks for the great post. You should get in touch with the bizymoms Champaign community to feature these on their page. It’s free and the moms will love it.

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mevans said...

Dude don't give up on the Chambana 1000! You can do it!

Chambana1000 said...

@mevans,
Ha ha, I do plan to post this and that from time to time ... but I've graduated and am gone from Chambana :(. So, updates will be less frequent, unfortunately.

Mario said...

Thanks for the great post. It makes me hungry!