South Grand Avenue in St. Louis is a foodie haven. That’s especially true for those who enjoy ethnic foods. Among the array of mom and pop eateries is Kim Ngan, a Vietnamese restaurant several blocks from Ted Drewes’ Grand Street location.
When I ate there recently, I noticed the place had a number of Asian customers, which is always a good sign when measuring authenticity. As a further test, I took my young granddaughters along. They’ve been slurping bowls of Pho since they were babies and know a good Vietnamese broth when they see one.
Happily, there are a number of exceptionally good Vietnamese restaurants scattered about the area. I’ve not tried them all. But I have lifted chopsticks at Bahn Mi So #1, Pho Grand, and Kim Ngan (all on South Grand); Mai Lee’s (Brentwood); Little Saigon (CWE); and Dao Tien (on Olive). It’s comforting to know that a good, steaming bowl of Pho can be found in so many St. Louis neighborhoods.
Kim Ngan, 3863 S. Grand. Open: Mon-Wed 10a-3p; 4p-9p; Thu. Closed; Fri 11a-3p; 4p-10p; Sat 11a-10p; Sun 10a-9p. Take a look at one of the many pages of Kim Ngan menu.