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Lovely light fare at Saigon Café 

click to enlarge The bún thit nuong, or grilled pork noodle special, features super-thin, tender pork with subtle sweetness and excellent grill flavor. - GRIFFIN SWARTZELL
  • Griffin Swartzell
  • The bún thit nuong, or grilled pork noodle special, features super-thin, tender pork with subtle sweetness and excellent grill flavor.

Saigon Cafe, 20 E. Colorado Ave., 633-2888, coloradosaigoncafe.com

Sometimes, all we want is a light, healthy meal that won’t leave us craving more in an hour or three. This spot, declared the best Vietnamese restaurant in the Springs by Indy readers in 2018 (and 2017, and 2016, and 2015...), can make that happen.

So when we stop by for dinner, we start with goi gà, a cold chicken salad. It features pounded-thin chicken atop bean sprouts, carrot, cabbage, mint and cilantro, all in a leaf of lettuce. Ours comes dressed with a bright, sweet-sour vinegar dressing, which sits at the bottom — give your salad a toss before dining, or enjoy the clean herbaceousness of the veg with pieces of tender, minimally seasoned chicken. Just as substantial and healthy, the bún thit nuong, or grilled pork noodle special, features super-thin, tender pork with subtle sweetness and excellent grill flavor.

It’s piled atop noodles and bean sprouts and served with nuoc cham sauce to pour over the affair. Cucumber and mint add light, fresh flavor notes. 

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