ELV has a confession to make: He’s eaten in almost every Vietnamese restaurant in town (many of them multiple times), and he still hasn’t a clue what separates a good one from a mediocre one.*
Back in the day, we had our very own Miss Saigon (nee Hanh Le), who accompanied us around town with instructions and insights into this cuisine (most of which consisted of: “My mother makes a much better version of this…”).
Here you can hear us chattering about Pho So 1, which was our favorite hangout back in ’01 and ’02. But the little lass left town long ago, and we’ve been rudderless when it comes to these things ever since.
These days, we trek all over town looking for something distinguishable between the restaurants, but they’re all pretty good, and they’re all pretty cheap, and the food tastes pretty much the same at all of them.
ELV and his staff ** can only advise this: If you’ve got a craving for pho (pronounced “fuh” not “foe”), Pho Hung*** is as good as the next place, is cleaner and newer than a lot of them, and the staff is more than friendly and accommodating (although we’ve never encountered anything but fast and friendly service at any Vietnamese restaurant).
You can eat a mountain of food in any Vietnamese restaurant in town for well under $50/couple. Our meal for two came to $44 including an $8 tip.
5288 Spring Mountain Rd. Suite 104
Las Vegas, NV 89146
Second location if you’re in the neighborhood!
139 Duong Nguyen Trai
Phuong Ben Thanh Quan 1
T/P Ho Chi Minh City
Viet Nam (How cool is that?)
* ELV can state with certainty that he’s never eaten in a bad one.
** A free lunch (with ELV) to anyone who guesses who the guy in the picture is, and where it was taken.