When we recommend a restaurant located in a strip mall in Aurora, we usually think of a bare-bones establishment: A lone employee manning the spartan dining room and running back orders to the single cook, likely speaking a language other than English. Not so for Nom Nom Asian Grill. While it is in an Aurora strip mall, it's nestled between a Smashburger and a Which ’Wich, and it boasts a very of-the-moment fast-casual, build-your-own service model. In addition to bowls, diners can also create banh mi and rice-paper rolls, with flavors and ingredients that hew close to traditional Vietnamese standards — lemongrass pork, pâté, pho and some seriously crispy chicken skin.
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Over the past three decades, Vietnamese cuisine has become a mainstream staple in the Denver area — to the point where diners are now comfortable with many of the basic ingredients, flavor combinations and dishes. That's what Loc Ng...
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