mmm-yoso!!!, the blog. Yep, you are here. Kirk has been quite busy for the past few days and so has Ed(from Yuma), so Cathy has been writing posts about food. Today, she continues.
Pho Hiep Grill in Linda Vista was the first Vietnamese restaurant for The Mister and I. It was where, when we ordered, the nice waitress sternly stared and told us 'you no want that' on our initial try. She made recommendations and we found out we really liked Vietnamese food. We stopped in a few weeks ago before shopping at Thuan Phat Market (in the same parking lot).
It's that last storefront. There's a Laundromat across from it in this same parking lot.
The inside of the restaurant is not too large (seats about 50) and always very clean. The condiment tray is filled with the usual suspects. I don't know what the deal is with the melted tabletop.
We especially like the spring rolls (cha gio) here. You can order three or five and three are quite enough. They are large...
and mostly meat filled. An order of three could easily be a meal.
The Mister ordered a bowl of tai (raw, thin beef slices) pho. You can see one not-yet-cooked piece of meat at the 12:00 position in this bowl. The pho broth here is one of my favorites; very deep flavored but not cloudy nor swimming in fat.
The pho comes with the usual accompaniments (there are two pieces of sawtooth under the basil and sliced pepper somewhere on that plate).
In the summer, I do like a good bowl of Bun -cold noodles topped with something on top of a salad of sorts. This time I chose grilled chicken as the topping. Not many Vietnamese places offer grilled chicken, so I order it when I see it on the menu.
Here's a peek at what's under the noodles- (which are topped with the grilled chicken, pickled vegetables and chopped peanuts)- shedded lettuce, cucumber, bean sprouts and mint. When mixed with the nuoc mam (fish sauce), the combination of flavors is crisp and fresh and refreshing. It was another good visit.
I hope your week is going well so far.
Pho Hiep and Grill 6947 Linda Vista Road (at Ulrich) San Diego 92111 (619) 268-8406
open 7 days, 7:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
This location has no website, but the other location in Chula Vista has This Website