Wally Kennedy: New Vietnamese restaurant finding fans on Range Line – Joplin Globe

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It’s not a bad idea to check the online reviews of a restaurant before you visit it. I like to check the reviews after I have visited the restaurant. They help to confirm my first impression.

The food at Kim’s Kitchen Vietnamese Noodles and Grills, 842 S. Range Line Road, is good, but they are still working out some kinks. Have some patience. This is a new family-owned restaurant that is worth a second visit. That was my impression of Kim’s. Online reviews confirmed this.

When I visited the restaurant for the first time Tuesday, I had already had a heads-up from a local gentleman who knows something about Vietnamese food. He served one year in Vietnam during the war. He developed a fondness for Vietnamese sandwiches called banh mi. He told me that he and a friend had dined there and that it was good. In fact, he highly recommended it. This is high praise, indeed.

So I asked him what he had ordered. The response: “B1.’’ What the heck is a B1? I asked my server to show me B1 on the menu. It was the first of several Vietnamese sandwiches. My server said she had tried the B4 and found that it was delicious. Unfortunately, I was not there for a sandwich. I was there for pho, the hot noodle soup. I don’t know what it is about this soup, but I just feel better after I eat it.

I wanted shrimp pho, but it was not on the menu. The traditional beef pho would have to do. I ordered the larger size for $13.99 because I wanted to take half of it home. This soup microwaves well. It was served with fresh bean sprouts, sliced jalapenos and sprigs of parsley. The beef in this soup was sliced very thin, which made it so much easier to consume. The noodles were not in a tight ball in the center but instead more spread out. The broth, which featured sliced scallions, was mild but still rich with flavor.

One of the kinks I experienced was during the consumption of my soup. A server came to me with a plate of food and said: “Here is the rest of your order.’’ But I didn’t order it. But whatever it was, it sure looked good. It was quite the temptation to say: “Why, yes, thank you.’’

Kim’s Kitchen is the third Vietnamese restaurant to open in Joplin after Pho Saigon and Pham’s Pho. Webb City is home to Pho-4-Ever. I have had conversations about the Vietnamese food that is served locally with the friend who recommended the sandwich. We have our favorites for certain things, but the consensus is that these restaurants are all good.

One thing is clear: A Vietnamese baguette is in my future. I’ve got to see what all of the fuss is about. Consider this: Vietnamese banh mi has been ranked first in the list of the top 100 sandwiches in the world by the international food website Taste Atlas.

The hours at Kim’s Kitchen are from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 9 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Hours on 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. This place is closed Wednesdays.

New service

The Joint Chiropractic, which provides a wide range of chiropractic services, is taking over the former QNails storefront in the North Point Shopping Center at the northwest corner of Seventh Street and Range Line Road, according to signs posted on the doors.

The opening date is June 19.

For details about the services, plans and fees, visit thejoint.com.

Temporarily closed

The dining room of the Taco Bell at 2601 S. Main St. has been temporarily closed for a remodeling project while the drive-thru window has remained open.

A worker there said the new dining room could reopen at any time.

The website for this Taco Bell site incorrectly said it was permanently closed. The worker assured me that was not the case.

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