Beloved Lunch Spot, Saigon Express, Will Close this Friday

Jessica Elizarraras

A popular lunchtime eatery known for flavorful Vietnamese plates, large bánh mì and inexpensive lunch specials will close its doors after 14 years in business this Friday.

Owner Jack Phung confirmed the closing, but wouldn't discuss it with us over the phone.

The former South Vietnamese Air Force pilot, now in his 70s, first opened the shop in 2003. He was profiled by the San Antonio Express-News in 2011 for service, and shared the following quote on how he tackled cooking:

“My cooking has a consistency because I developed a procedure,” Phung said. “I created my own recipes; the ones I have for my customers are the finest ones, but I always want to make something better."

1626 McCullough Road, (210) 277-1899.