Vina Vietnamese Street Food
Vina Viernamese is Located off Oracle in the same parking lot as Home Depot. (everyone now knows it’s pronounced Fuh) But it is spelled Pho
I ordered the “Vina Pho, a fresh spring roll, and a glass of ice tea. Here are my notes and by the way, I went back a second time……
Vina Pho arrives in a gigantic bowl with a pair of chopsticks and a soup spoon. You go after the broth with your spoon and attack all the other ingredients with your chopsticks. If you get good at it, you will know because your shirt will be a tiny bit damp from the soup to chopstick dance that occurs over your giant bowl of Pho
I may have been a teensy bit high (on life) the first time I went in so I went back just to make sure my first experience was not colored by extraneous influences. It was, again, incredible. But…. forgot not to get high again but, good news…. everything was doubly impressive.
Spring rolls. Not the fried ones, which they have, but the fresh ones that consist of noodles, herbs, a slice of pork, and shrimp all wrapped in rice paper. I learned something about fresh spring rolls from Vinta. I don’t know if it was intentional, but Vinta rolled their spring rolls a little less tight than other places. The result was that the bite texture of the roll was perfect. Coupled with the fresh ingredients and herbs and a TO Die For Peanut sauce, and once again, I slipped back into a meditative state. My Mantra……./ yum – yum sauce, yum yum sauce, and everything else in the world faded away. Served with bean sprouts, lime wedge, pickled onion (WHICH IS AWESOME), fresh Thai basil, and cilantro.
And to round out the experience at Vina Vietnamese Street Food I have to say something about the tea. She, the woman who took my order who I think owns it, said, the tea is at the end of the counter, you pour. I did, and it was like I imagine Unicorn juice might taste if Unicorn juice tastes good. Probably not a great analogy. Nonetheless, the tea was refreshing, and once again, light and full of the kind of flavor that leaves you wanting more. I’m thinking, “You have the most amazing tea ever, and it’s just sitting down here on a table where anyone can get to it? Mine!” I took the picture to my table. She gave me the stink eye. I don’t care. She can kiss my ass. That tea is amazing, and it is mine now. Seriously, thinking about that tea right now.
Overall eating at Vina is all about the food. You order at the counter, and they give you a number. The food is brought to your table. You hunch over it and start sipping and slurping. Look around you. Everyone will be looking into their plates thinking, “what the hell” is going on here? How could something this straightforward and cheap be so FORKING, spooning, chopsticking good?
They are open from 11 am to 9 pm.
4230 N Oracle Rd, Tucson, AZ 85705
We give them 3.8 out of 5 culinary stars!