I was just about to finish up another post when I luckily checked the news and decided it wouldn't be appropriate to do that post today. So here's something I had on the back burner for a while.
When our office first moved back to the area, I started checking out a bunch of different places. I recalled having a decent meal at Pho 46 a while back, so I decided to return.
There seems to be a different set of folks working here these days. That woman who works the front of house often takes orders, buses, and delivers the food all by herself....yet she was very pleasant on both my visits.
I recalled the Shrimp Fried Rice to be decent; in an "old school" kind of way so I ordered that - it was not bad for $7.50.
The rice was not as evenly stir fried as on my previous visit; though the shrimp was nice and plump, good job there. Typical frozen peas and carrots and this needed soy sauce to ramp up the flavor a bit; but not bad at all.
I also ordered the Chicken Wings with Spicy Salt again; this one is now $4.95 for four good sized wings.
A bit sweeter than I recalled; the crispness didn't last for very long, and there was a bit greasiness to these. It was decently fried; perhaps a bit on the dry side. Again, not terrible, not great.....I'd probably not have these again though.
The menu at "46" is pretty darn large...….105 dishes at last count....enough to give you "Vietnamese Menu Overload Syndrome". On my last visit; I decided to try out the combination stir fry with XO sauce ($7.95). I kinda cracked up when it arrived at my table.
It looks like the "tai" for pho is doing double duty here. Sadly the shrimp was overcooked as was the chicken....and even the onions. The sauce was a really watered down XO sauce cut with soy sauce and sugar....I also got the "ms-heebie-jeebies" from this as well. Not good eats.
It was on this visit that I noticed Bann had opened in the structure in front of Pho 46. The food there seems much fresher and the ingredients better. Though you really can't complain much about the prices here. And who knows when I'll have a craving for "old school" fried rice?
9508 Miramar Rd
San Diego, CA 92126