When you think of Saigon, your mind no doubt goes to the one part of the Fort that screams Asian influence....Ridgmar Mall. Just north of Ridgmar Mall in some shopping center is a little jewel of a place, named Pho's Little Saigon. A commentor recommended this place a long time ago after my Pho-Nam-enal review. As promised, I listened and went to this west side favorite.
I have to start off by saying that I have never been in Vietnam while US jets fly low over head, with a radio playing the latest American classics and interrupted only by Robin Williams yelling at me. For that matter, I have never been in Vietnam. But this is probably pretty close to what it was like being there during the Vietnam War, except that you'll most likely, not die. As you sit in the dated, obviously Asian decorated restaurant, Flo Rida rhythmically tells you about the boots with the fur and all of a sudden the peace is broken as a jet roars over the restaurant to land at the nearby runway. It's all about ambiance.
One thing I love about hole in the walls is they way they get by with basic stuff. For example, the menus look like high school book reports with the same little binding you used when you needed to cover for your lack of substance. Luckily these menus aren't covering for anything. The food here is terrific.
Unfortunately, larb is not on the menu, but they do have a delicious beef on vermicelli, beef fried rice, beef pho, and shrimp spring rolls. My favorite so far is the beef fried rice, which sounds dull, but its very "better than whatever your blog is touting". Plus its huge. So you can share it with your neighbors. The pho was good but personally, I'm a Pho-Nam fan and I refuse to change. The beef on vermicelli is very popular among people I know, but I enjoy the other dishes more.
Take that's for whats its worth - you can trust people I know that you should most likely doubt, or you can order what I have had. Which will only increase your trust in me. And my power over you.
Pho's Little Saigon is very good and despite the fact that there are only two waiters, you generally get your food the same day you go. If you attempt to locate this place, look for an "Import Liquor and Tobacco" store. It will be near that. I'm not sure how that's helpful. So here's the address: 6942 Green Oaks Road.
If you've been, let me know what you think. If you haven't been, then give it a try. Do not try the "Good Morning Vietnam" bit when you go. Nobody laughs and your coworkers begin to judge you.
This post was made in quasi-tribute to Robin Williams.