Jenni’s Noodle House (144/365)

by Christine · 4 comments

in Featured,Places to Eat,The Heights

Jenni’s Noodle House was born out of a dream during a dark time in American history. Jenni used to be an airline flight attendant, but back in 2001, after 9/11, she found herself grounded along with most of the airline industry at the time when flights were dramatically cut. It was then that she found the perfect space for the original Jenni’s Noodle House. Now over 8 years since that first location opened, their third location has opened in the Heights at 602 East 20th St. (at Oxford) and things as busy as ever!

Jenni’s Noodle House is known for their quirky, fresh and fun attitude. Proud to be locally-owned and operated, Jenni and Scott are hands on and their personality shines through the brand. They are definitely not afraid to party and have a great time! They spend a lot of time in the restaurants, and when they’re not there, they share their adventures (traveling, fun with their son Logan, etc.) with their customers when they return. The restaurant is a huge part of their life, and their customers are their extended family. It is a great place to go with friends, a place where you can go time and again and never tire of the food or the atmosphere.

The food is an alternative Vietnamese – Jenni described it to me as what she ate when she was growing up. Authentic and true to the style, fresh food in a positive, fun environment. It is not only yummy – it is fast and high-quality too! Jenni’s is well known for celebrity appearances (some are real and some might be imagined – but you never know if you’ll spot Madonna or Lady Gaga there!), it is a casual, comfortable place – a home away from home. Speaking of casual – the restaurant is BYOB! So be sure to grab your favorite bottle of wine or some beer before you head over there to eat. Also important to note, they have more than 20 vegetarian items, more than 20 vegan items, and more than 20 gluten-free items. As someone who isn’t well versed in Vietnamese cuisine, I found it super handy to go through their photo menu as well as the regular one. That way, I knew exactly what I was going to get before I even ordered!

Each restaurant has one red wall and one yellow wall, to symbolize the colors of the flag of Vietnam, and they have large-scale black and white photograph prints of Jenni, Scott and Logan’s travels to Vietnam.

Jenni’s Noodle House was selected as the Best Gay-Friendly Restaurant by the Houston Press 2010.

They are launching BYOB Kung-Fu Movie Nights at their Post Oak location on October 19th, and they are co-hosting the Social Media Shin-Dig (Houston’s biggest & best tweet-up) with Black Sheep on October 20th. Both events should be AWESOME so you should be sure to check them out! I’ll be at the Social Media Shin-Dig, so I’ll see you there!

Be sure to follow them on Twitter at twitter.com/noodlesrule and on Facebook! It’s All Good in the Noodlehood!

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Lins October 18, 2010 at 9:31 pm

FYI on BYOB – gruner veltliner goes amazingly well with pho.

Imelda October 19, 2010 at 9:08 am

Lovely photos! I can’t wait to visit this location tomorrow night. Been to the Shepherd location many times. Food is always great and the staff is soo friendly to Mason which is a huge plus in my book. I love Jenni’s hair and want it!

Joan Spaw October 19, 2010 at 10:01 am

I LOVE JENNI, SCOTT & LOGAN! They are awesome!

Sean Stoner October 19, 2010 at 2:03 pm

I remember going to the original location on Jefferson St. in Chinatown. I have fond memories of the “Wall of Fame” and “Wall of Shame.” I wonder if she’ll resurrect those walls at her newer locations?

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