The Asian Chipotle?

Illustration by Mark Stivers

Viet Ha Vietnamese & Chinese Cuisine has been serving up consistently amazing Vietnamese and Chinese food for decades on Florin Road—long before the area was designated as Sacramento’s Little Saigon. For years, it’s been my go-to spot for a bowl of Vietnamese bún: grilled meat, egg rolls, fresh herbs and a variety of greens on top of rice noodles. Last month, relatives of the owners of the original place opened a fast, casual restaurant called Viet Ha Noodles & Grill at 2417 Broadway, Suite A2. It has a near perfect rating on Yelp and appears to serve customizable Chipotle-style lunches: Pick a style (noodle box, rice box or banh mi sandwich), pick a protein (beef, chicken, pork or shrimp) and then choose garnishes and dressing. I haven’t had the time to grab a bowl yet, but the word from a few trusted SN&R colleagues is that the food’s great.