The pho-spot Les Noo’dle has quietly closed after four years in the Montrose and a popular Birria food truck is taking over.
Members of a Facebook group from the Montrose neighborhood first noticed the closure of Les Noo’dle last week. Posters on the Houston Architectural Info forums reported that the space would be taken over by the Blk Mkt Birria food truck. Sure, during the holiday weekend the Blk Mkt food truck was parked in the tiny parking lot at Les Noo’dle, and a new sign for the Birria store was already on the door.
The food truck, which often parks at the Spring Street Beer and Wine Garden on Houston Avenue, specializes in birria des res, in which beef is slowly braised in spices until it crumbles. This beef is then served in tacos (with a side of consome for dipping), in cheesy quesadillas and burritos, and as a topping on french fries.
Les Noo’dle opened at 1717 Montrose Avenue in 2018 and serves three types of pho – beef, chicken, and vegetarian – with other options including spring rolls, spicy cucumber salad, and Vietnamese street corn. Previously, owners Cat Huynh and Angie Dang ran Les Bag’et from the same address, which served a wider variety of Vietnamese dishes, including banh mi sandwiches, steak and eggs, and vermicelli. Huynh and Dang decided to convert the restaurant into a pho bar due to the popularity of the soup in Houston.
A representative from Blk Mkt said the restaurant should open in the next few weeks. In the meantime, Les Noo’dle and Les Ba’get fans can head to the Les Ba’get location at Garden Oaks at 1717 34th Street.