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Number Nine Noodles + Beer

2118 E. Fourth St. (Cherry Ave.) Send to Phone
Classic Vietnamese dishes in a petite space on Long Beach's Retro Row.

Lunch & Dinner daily

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Number Nine Noodles + Beer Restaurant Review

: In the string of cluttered vintage boutiques and rockabilly barbershops that make up Long Beach's Retro Row, Number Nine stands out for its subtlety. This efficient sliver of a space houses two short rows of tables and low-backed blonde benches that are more perch than chair. Classic Vietnamese dishes pop against the white walls: green leaves of cilantro poke out of chewy, tofu-stuffed spring rolls; chopped peanuts blanket a pile of tender five-spice chicken; red chopsticks dive into deep bowls of pho to pluck out a slice of brisket cooked by the broth. When the weather dares to dip below 70 degrees, warm up with the mĂ©lange pho (shrimp, chicken, pork, beef and tofu). In the summer, stick with the crispy shrimp bĂșn, a cold salad that's essentially pho without the liquid. We dip everything that's not nailed down into Number Nine's peanut sauce, a creamy combo of crunchy peanut butter and hot sauce. The shelves surrounding the three-seat bar in the back --- which doubles as a busy to-go counter --- are stocked with select reds, whites and beer, both Asian and local. Sip a shochu cocktail and watch cooks fry calamari then pass it through a window to T-shirted servers. When the restaurant fills up, snag a seat among the succulents on the patio which fronts Fourth Street, or share lemongrass beef skewers under tiny white lights in the secret backyard garden.
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