Chicken Pho at Vietnam Cafe
By Sarah Gish and Andrea Shores
Years before bone broth and chef-driven ramen shops were trendy, Vietnam Cafe was serving warm bowls of noodle soup in Columbus Park.
Vietnam Cafe, a bustling family-owned restaurant at 522 Campbell St., serves satisfying chicken pho (Pho Gà on the menu) for $6.80. The bowl of slow-simmered broth and rice noodles comes with a plate of aromatic toppings: Cilantro, basil, sliced jalapenos, bean sprouts and lime wedges. Want to add even more flavor? Drizzle on some Sriracha.
If you can’t finish the huge bowl, don’t worry: One of the fast and friendly servers will help you wrangle the noodles into a to-go container. And if you can finish it, do yourself a favor and order a Vietnamese iced coffee at the end of the meal. The super-strong java will jolt you out of your pho coma in a flash. — S.G.