Andy Nguyen’s Vietnamese Restaurant

By Danielle Carlson,

I’ve been frequenting Andy Nguyen’s Vietnamese restaurant quite a bit since I discovered it a few months ago.

My friend Mike took me there for the first time in August and I couldn’t believe I hadn’t heard of this place in all the time I’ve lived in Sacramento.  So, I thought I would share it with you in case you have not yet had the pleasure of dining there.

It is located on Broadway at 20th and to be honest the outside looks less than inviting.  But once you enter, you are greeted by the nicest wait staff and a very comfortable and serene restaurant setting.

Andy Nguyen’s is Buddhist-inspired so they do not serve alcohol.  But I promise that you won’t even notice once you take your first bite of mouth watering vegetarian cuisine.

The entire menu is vegetarian and I’d say about 90% of it is also vegan.  My personal favorites include the “Awakening of Faith,” an assortment of veggies and faux meats on a bed of sticky rice noodles garnished with Asian herbs and roasted peanuts, and the “Patience Noodle Soup,” a vegan play off the traditional Vietnamese pho noodle soup (I now crave this every time I’m sick or cold.)

The flavors in both these dishes are so complex and delicious.  If you don’t like spice, make sure to request low spice in your soup or entrée as most have quite a kick.

As for desserts, you need to try their banana mochi ASAP!  It is so amazing and it’s only 5 bucks!  I couldn’t believe the deal.  Plus it’s plenty big to split with your sweetie.   I’ve also tried the brownie with marshmallows, also quite tasty but in my opinion not nearly as delicious as the mochi.

With mostly organic and local produce used, I was surprised how inexpensive this place was.  Our tab was under 35 bucks!  It’s amazing how reasonable dinner can be without the booze! Also, try not to go there if you’re on a tight time table.  It’s a very relaxed setting and the food takes a while to make it to the table (all the food is made fresh to order.)  But it’s something I really love about this place.  In a world that’s quickly becoming overly fast paced and hectic, this is a nice little escape to serenity and peace with some amazing healthy food to satisfy your tummy and your soul.  I think Buddha would be proud.

Vegan Quote of the Week

Instead of a stat this week, I thought I would quote a great advocate for vegetarian living.  Some food for thought, “Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.” -Albert Einstein

About Jimmy Spencer

Jimmy Spencer has extensive experience in journalism and new media. As the founding editor of, Spencer combines his writing, reporting and editing skills to produce a "pretty good site about midtown." During the day, Spencer covers government and also covers the NBA. At night, he watches T.V. and plays on the Internet. Every now and then, he walks around his midtown neighborhood. Spencer began his professional journalism career with The Sacramento Bee, finishing his tenure with the McClatchy-owned newspaper in the new media department. Spencer moved to Connecticut where he continued his growth in new media as a writer/content producer for NBC Sports. Spencer also worked in media relations with the Sacramento River Cats, Minor League Baseball Triple-A affiliate of the Oakland A’s. Spencer graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from California State University, Sacramento where he served as Editor-in-Chief of The State Hornet campus newspaper. Spencer was raised in Marin County and currently lives in Sacramento, Calif. Spencer works in the community as a high school basketball coach in the Sacramento area.


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