There's a hole in the wall that's getting a lot of buzz at the Target Plaza on Hwy. 280: A Vietnamese restaurant called Saigon Noodle House. We haven't had a chance to get there yet, but from what we've heard in person, by e-mail and online, it's a winner.
Saigon Noodle House opened in April and offer five different kinds of five fresh spring rolls (also known as summer rolls), plus fried egg rolls, Vietnamese sandwiches (called Bahn Mi), soups, stir-fries, and, of course, noodles.
"The Saigon Noodle House comes highly recommended from Birmingham News reporter and ace dining detective Eric Velasco, who has already eaten there a half-dozen times since it opened last month," wrote the Birmingham News' Bob Carlton when he wrote about it in May.
Thirteen reviews on www.urbanspoon.com give it high ratings. You'll also find the menu here and some photos from happy customers: http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/45/1436650/restaurant/Cahaba-Inverness/Saigon-Noodle-House-Birmingham
And you can read what Chowhounds have to say about it at http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/611613.
The address is 4006 U.S. 280, Suite 108. The phone is 408-1800. We're definitely planning to give it a try. Sounds like the perfect un-Christmasy food to enjoy the week after!