Of all the well-documented marvels of the San Gabriel Valley, perhaps none has inspired as much devotion as the Vietnamese noodle shop Golden Deli, which has overflowed its mini-mall parking lot since the 1980s. Golden Deli has opened yet another noodle shop, Saigon Flavor, a few miles south near the big San Gabriel mall. Saigon Flavor was so close to the original that they didn't even bother to print different menus when the new restaurant opened. Saigon Flavor, too, has difficult parking and weekend waits that stretch over half an hour. It is basically a second Golden Deli, a wonderful thing in itself.
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If you are in the habit of visiting Vietnamese noodle houses in the San Gabriel Valley, the newish pho parlor Saigon Flavor, down near the Great Mall of China, may seem awfully familiar. The photo-mural of the rushing waterfall seem...