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?

Paul m October 02, 2012 at 12:47 AM
I did like the noodles. "too many taco shops"? If the market supports them all, then no way, I think it's good. It would be nice to have more interesting places to choose to eat in Santee, however. I'd love a grass-fed, local farm fresh BBQ / grill place - no - the Disney Land wannabe BBQ known as Phils does not count. My favorite food of all time was Los Cabos near the movie theater in Del Mar, but they closed. With In-N-Out and Chick-fil-A and the Wings N things places all under construction, I'd say we'll have places to choose, but maybe not more fresh, locally produced. Durango, CO may be the best place for that! :) (google James family ranch and market in Durango).
Jennifer D October 02, 2012 at 01:35 AM
Sab E Lee is Thai food
Steven Bartholow (Editor) October 02, 2012 at 02:00 AM
You are correct, made that fix. I guess Santee could handle even fewer Vietnamese restaurants.
b1brandy October 02, 2012 at 02:53 AM
bummer I thought the food there was good...
sluggo October 02, 2012 at 01:54 PM
We ate there a couple of times. Food was pretty good, but the guy who did the cooking always seemed grumpy. It was as if he didn't want to be there. His wife (?) was really nice, though. Oh well, at least we have Phó Ca Dao. Love that food. Great service, too. Crummy location, but can't have it all I guess.
Mike Chavez October 02, 2012 at 02:18 PM
Santee needs a good Indian restraunt...
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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