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by: HILLSBORO TRIBUNE PHOTO: CHASE ALLGOOD - The Super Bowl, with four types of meat, is enough lunch to appease a quarterback.At Vivi’s Noodle House in Hillsboro, the Super Bowl is a big hit. But this isn’t a primetime spectacle, it’s a lunchtime staple.

A favorite among those with a big appetite, the Super Bowl features four types of grilled meat — pork, chicken, beef, and shrimp — and is served in a large bowl with vermicelli rice noodles and shredded vegetables, garnished with crushed peanuts and green onions. For an added kick, diners are encouraged to add two tablespoons of fish sauce and a scoop of chili paste to the dish, mix thoroughly.

Vivi’s Noodle House — located on 25th Avenue just west of the airport — has become an Asian food hot-spot in Hillsboro, drawing a steady flow of customers throughout the day. They come for the authentic, fresh food, quick service, and clean, modern atmosphere. This is the fifth year of business for Vivi’s owner Tanya Dang, who named the restaurant for one of her daughters.

Open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, the weekday lunch rush is the busiest time for the 40-seat restaurant, a favorite of nearby tech industry employees. The table turnover is pretty rapid all day long, but there’s plenty of time to enjoy your toasted sesame green tea.

While the Super Bowl (also known on the menu as B9) is a favorite among many, the Grilled Chicken and Shrimp Spring Roll Vermicelli Bowl (B7) is by far the most popular entree. But there’s something at Vivi’s for vegetarians too. Featuring a variety of options — from vegan rolls to entrees with Portland-made Bui tofu — an entire section of the menu is dedicated to those who don’t eat meat.

Chopsticks and Asian-style soup spoons are the standard utensils at the noodle house. If you need a fork, you’ll have to ask. The restaurant is family friendly, too. Children even get special water cups that come with a straw and a lid.

For adults, go for an authentic drink, like Vietnamese iced coffee, or opt for wine and beer.

The restaurant has a small 12-space parking lot for customers and the grounds are landscaped with leafy tropical plants and a seasonal garden. The interior decor has a modern Asian flair.

Vivi’s accepts all forms of payment and offers takeout, but there is no delivery. The restaurant is located at 1035 NE 25th Ave., Hillsboro. It’s open seven days a week 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. vivistheone.com.




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