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Doson’s Noodle House

Mid-City: 135 N Carrollton Ave. 504-309-7283. Map.
Casual.
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ANECDOTES AND ANALYSIS
Every time I dine here, I walk out with the feeling that I haven’t been to a restaurant, but that I have walked in to an accidental offering of food, and that I gave that guy walking around the dining room more money than he was expecting. Then I leave, and feel that I am in Chinatown in Los Angeles. There is something fun about this, but I can’t explain it. (I am not smoking anything.)

WHY IT’S NOTEWORTHY
Doson’s is a Vietnamese restaurant in the middle of the blossoming restaurant row on Carrollton near Canal. The clientele is young and hip to Vietnamese food, and keeps it busy. That influence has motivated the kitchen to move away from the Americanized fare it once cooked to a more ethnic flavor–reversing usual course of restaurant evolution.

WHAT’S GOOD
Doson’s style of cooking Vietnamese food is a bit different from what you may be used to, with a bit of a Chinese aspect, particularly among stir-fry dishes. Classic Viet dishes like bun noodles with grilled meat are somehow juicier here than in most other such restaurants. The range of the menu is wide, and everything is served in the typical mammoth portions. The menu says, “Special request on dishes, condiments, or recipes instructed by our guests are delightfully welcome.”

BACKSTORY
Doson’s began as the interestingly named “Chinese’s Chinese Restaurant” on Oak Street. After a few years, it changed its name and its menu to include at least as much Vietnamese food as Chinese. As years passed, the Chinese aspect has all but disappeared, leaving a menu centered on the Vietnamese noodle soups and noodle dishes, with a scattering of other Viet eats. The restaurant made a counterintuitive move after Katrina, leaving its original, unflooded location on for a building half as big that took between four and five feet of long-standing flood water. But that has worked well for them.

DINING ROOM
It’s a long, narrow room with tables starting inches inside the front door. The decor is spare and the lighting low. The service staff moves at a much more leisurely pace than in most Vietnamese places.

FULL ONLINE MENU

BEST DISHES
»Goi Cuon
Salad spring roll

Banh Quai Vat
»Fried or steamed dumpling

Pho Bo or Ga
»»Beef or chicken noodle soup

»Dau Dua Xao
Green bean or Asian broccoli stir-fry

Ga Xao Tran Bi
Orange chicken

»»Tom Rang Tieu
Black pepper shrimp

»»Ca Chien Gion
Fried or steamed whole fish

»Vit Quay
Roasted duck

Ga or Tom Xao Rau
Chicken or shrimp with vegetables and hot garlic sauce

»»Rau Xao Doson
Seasonal fresh Vietnamese greens, grown in New Orleans by Chef Doson

Bun Ga Or Thit Or Tom Or Bo
Grilled chicken, pork, shrimp or beef over cool rise noodles

»Mi Xau Doson
Chicken and shrimp pan fried noodle

FOR BEST RESULTS
If you’re a regular at some other Vietnamese place, don’t expect those flavors to be exactly the same here. But that’s true of all ethnic restaurants.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR IMPROVEMENT
The air conditioning in summer is freezing.

FACTORS OTHER THAN FOOD
Up to three points, positive or negative, for these characteristics. Absence of points denotes average performance in the matter.

  • Dining Environment
  • Consistency +1
  • Service
  • Value +1
  • Attitude
  • Wine & Bar
  • Hipness +1
  • Local Color

 

SPECIAL ATTRIBUTES

  • Open Sunday lunch and dinner
  • Open Monday lunch and dinner
  • Open most holidays
  • Open all afternoon
  • Unusually large servings
  • Quick, good meal
  • Easy, nearby parking

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