Nam Long Vietnamese Restaurant Closes, Leo's Taco Shop Coming

Santana Village Shopping Center is losing one restaurant and gaining a taco shop.

Three Vietnamese restaurants in Santee was apparently too many- in the Santana Village Shopping Center, closed down recently, to be replaced by Leo's Taco Shop.

Nam Long specialized in Vietnamese Phó noodles and grilled food, a market that may have been tipped by the opening of Phó Ca Dao on Mission Gorge Road months back.

A search shows no other restaurants named Leo's Taco Shop in the San Diego area. This new shop would make for a total of 23 mexican food restaurants in Santee. Considering local teenagers' proclivity toward eating mexican food, the position directly across from Santana High School is fortuitous.

The other Vietnamese restaurant in town is Phó Santee.

There is no indication of when the taco shop will open its doors.

Comment: Did you enjoy eating at Nam Long? Does Santee have too many taco shops?

Martha Tassi October 02, 2012 at 04:14 PM
I hope Leo's will offer a healthier option instead of usual cheese-encased burritos/enchiladas and tacos that are on most menus. That's not how my mama cooked!
Jim Williams October 02, 2012 at 08:35 PM
Nam Long had great food and a very nice young couple running it. It's tough for small businesses, especially restaurants. Even long time successes like Mimi's and Chili's have been extending a lot of low cost options to attract customers.
Tom Spring October 04, 2012 at 06:56 PM
Santee taco shops are lacking. I have been to them all and none of them are "great" Emmas is probably the best of the bunch. I would gladly welcome a GOOD taco shop.
Doug Curlee October 04, 2012 at 09:15 PM
can't agree..los nachos at cuyamaca and mast is really good..best carnitas in town.. doug
Emily Smith October 21, 2012 at 01:49 AM
I have high hopes for this restraunt. It looks like its going to be good and I heard they are going to be opening on Monday afternoon.


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