I have been eating at Hao Hao for many years. This is the Hao Hao on William Cannon Drive. There is another in Dobie mall, but I haven't eaten there. I hear it is good, but farther away. Why go any farther than this Hao Hao?
The atmosphere is causal. Not the place to impress a date, unless the date likes good Vietnamese and Chinese food.
To be honest, I don't know traditional Asian food from modern or Americanized, but I do know what I like. I also know that in the many years of eating at Hao Hao I have never been served a meal I didn't like.
The dishes are flavorful and varied, price is moderate. For a smaller sized restaurant, they have a very large menu selection. They specialize in Vietnamese and Chinese, but the Pad Thai is very good as well. More on the menu in a minute.
The owners are Kevin and Lynn. Both are amazing in that they remember almost everyone who has ever eaten with them. Lynn not only remembers you, but what you like and don't like. As I said above, they have a large menu of Vietnamese and Chinese dishes and if you don't know what to order, ask Lynn, she will suggest something perfect for you. I've also seen Lynn and Kevin prepare items off the menu for customers who did not find a menu item that hit the spot or had dietary concerns. I really don't know if the food is MSG free or gluten free, I've never asked. If this is important to you, just ask.
I am always amazed at the number of people that eat at Hao Hao that are treated like family. They are greeted coming through the door, Lynn and or Kevin will come by the table to talk, find out about the rest of your family or just say hello.
Last time I counted there were fourteen Asian restaurants in the surrounding area. Many closer than Hao Hao, but none that have the menu, staff and expected consistently good food as Hao Hao. They do serve wine and beer. Nice selection of beer, don't ask me about wine.
Best dishes? - wow, almost anything
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