For Pho and all things Vietnamese. (I may need an Pho Intervention)
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Pho #1 —— 4 out of 5 stars
I know many of you like Miss Saigon’s, because I’ve been sitting in there with you slurping up pho and chowing down their fresh Gỏi Cuốn Tôm Thịts rice paper rolls on numerous occasions. I love Miss Saigon’s service, and the food is, as you know, pretty good. I hate that I am told over and over again that they are out of Thai basil “today.” As if I have the brain of a fish and can’t remember that all twenty times I’ve ever been there, they “just ran out.” You know, you can just tell me to go f*&k myself –as in, “we aren’t ever going to provide basil to you or anyone’s table.” It’s OK to say no!
So I went looking for a new pho place that is not located in a Thai basil vortex. Didn’t have to go far before I ran into Pho #1, located on Stone just off of Grant. Next to the Honda place, if you need a landmark. And trust me, my little Phan of Pho Phiens you are going to be pleased and possibly amazed.
I like to order the Rare Beef Pho/Hold the noodles/Add Extra Vegetables/Double the Beef. Add in an order of the Pork and Shrimp Gỏi Cuốn Tôm Thịts, and I could eat it twice a day, every day. Seriously, it’s like a college-level pizza addiction, as it’s affordable and I can’t stop myself.
Best of all, Pho #1 delivers epic amounts of fresh Thai basil, bean sprouts, cilantro, and limes with jalapeno slices to your table with every bowl of pho. It’s like an orgy of aromatics. If you have never ordered pho, a small bowl of pho is a huge bowl of food.
My wife and I eat there often (me more often than her, because, as I mentioned, I probably need a Pho #1 Intervention). By the way, I often look around to see what I believe to be Vietnamese people eating in this Vietnamese place. It’s a good sign, and best of all, I learned what to do with the fresh cilantro by watching one of the old Vietnamese men slurp down his soup. Think spaghetti—as in, dip the whole leaves-on-the-stem piece in the soup, and then every third or fourth spoonful, gobble it up.
The service is good, the iced tea is awesome, and the decor is A1-typical run-down Oriental chic. Yes, if you love anyone, bring them here. As it is with most Vietnamese food it is very affordable. You can Find Pho #1 at 2226 N Stone Ave, Tucson, AZ 85705 – – – – (520) 670-1705
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