This is the BEST Vietnamese restaurant in the area for pho, rice, and vermicelli! I've eaten here many many times but usually to-go to avoid the long lines.
Here is what I'd recommend if you want to try something new or you have no idea what to order:
Vietnamese Beef Noodle Soup (Pho): The flavor is the best in town and it always comes with a lot of meat and a nice amount of noodles. I typically get #10 (Slices of eye round steak & brisket). TIP*: You can ask for the round steak separately so you can cook it in your soup yourself because sometimes, when they add the meat for you, it overcooks and then it's tough...thus, ruining your pho experience.
Here's my pho process if you wanna look like you know what you're doing. My credentials? I'm part Viet & have been eating this stuff for as long as I can remember... before it was "popular". Here we go! Before your soup arrives, you gotta prep.. get some hoisin sauce (brown stuff) and siracha (you better know what this is!) and squeeze some out on the little dipping saucer - half hoisin, half siracha. Don't mix it. When your soup arrives, put a big smile on your face because it's game time. Grab some veggies to add to your soup. I don't like bean sprout (white stuff) so I leave it out. I like the fresh herbs (basil, mint) so I'll tear off the leaves and rip them in smaller pieces and sprinkle it in my soup. I'll also add a jalapeno slice or two (this is for flavor, I don't eat it) and of course, I'll squeeze one lime wedge over the soup. The dipping sauce is for the meat so dip your meat, eat some noodles, try some soup, and then repeat!
Stir fried diced rib eye steak over salad served with rice (Com Bo Luc Lac): This is a favorite for everyone. If you dragged someone with you who's not yet ready to try Vietnamese food, this would be the dish to order. It's cubed steak.. how can yo go wrong with this? I'm pretty sure it's a mixture of soy sauce, sesame oil, and sugar. It comes with a big portion of salad (the dressing has fish sauce..heads up for those who aren't ready to explore yet!) and white rice.
Charbroiled pork, shrimp, & egg roll vermicelli (Bun Thit Tom Nuong Cha Gio): Shredded greens are on the bottom, then thin white rice noodles (vermicelli), then the meat & egg roll. The garlic fish sauce comes on the side. You pour whatever amount you want into the noodles before eating. WARNING*: This will give you fish sauce/garlic breath so bring your own gum!
Charbroiled pork & pork meatloaf over rice (Com Cha Thit Nuong): Broken white rice, charbroiled pork, pork meatloaf which is basically egg with pork (I think...I hope.. it just tastes good ok!), pickled cabbage, and garlic fish sauce on the side. The charbroiled pork is very flavorful so anything that you order with it, will taste really good. Same process as the vermicelli, you pour this on your rice and eat it. Bring gum stinky.
Spring Roll (Goi Cuon): It's like any other spring roll. Vermicelli, shrimp, pork (not charbroiled), and veggies wrapped in rice paper. It comes with fish sauce for dipping.
Charbroiled pork roll (Thit Nuong Cuon): This is similar to the spring roll. This has charbroiled pork and veggies wrapped in rice paper. No vermicelli. It comes with peanut sauce for dipping.
Vietnamese egg rolls (Cha Gio): Deep fried crispy delicious pork egg rolls. It comes with green lettuce, cucumber, carrots, and mint on the side....plus, fish sauce for dipping. You're suppose to wrap the egg roll in the green lettuce, add the veggies, roll it up, and then dip it in the fish sauce. If your burrito wrapping skills are not on point...then..well..it's going to be messy.
PARKING: Good luck on the weekend. I'd recommend parking by Smart & Final and then walking. Don't even bother looking for parking out in front of the restaurant because you're just going to end up by Smart & Final anyway. But if you're eating on a weekday then parking should not be that bad. The lot's a decent size.
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