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“The best lunch buffet at the best price in Midtown Memphis - hands down!”
Review of Pho Hoa Binh

Pho Hoa Binh
Ranked #169 of 1,476 Restaurants in Memphis
Price range: $7 - $15
Cuisines: Vietnamese
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Dining options: Buffet, Takeout
Neighborhood: Midtown
Reviewed November 7, 2011

Pho Binh is a bit off the beaten path and located in a rather unprepossessing strip mall, but midtown Memphians will tell you that it's one of the city's best places to go for lunch. The hot buffet always features a colorful selection of fresh Vietnamese style entrees (my personal favorite is the pineapple chicken), with no less than four entrees designed to cater to vegetarian customers and two hot soups (at least one of which is always vegetarian). The family-owned and staffed restaurant is friendly, welcoming, and frequented by a wildly diverse range of locals. Space can sometimes be an issue - the restaurant is very popular, and lunchtime can be crowded. Happily, the wait for a table is rarely long, and you may even be offered a seat at a table of regulars who are only too happy to include you in their group. Hoa Binh is a great place to catch up on what's happening in midtown, be caught up in the community's energy and diversity, and escape from the workplace for a bit, all while enjoying the fresh local ingredients in expertly prepared food. When you go to the counter to pay, be prepared to be shocked by how little you are charged in return for so much!

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Reviewed September 11, 2008

you must have the lemon grass tofu!!!

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Reviewed August 25, 2008

Pho Hoa Binh has been a regular stop of mine many times over the last four years -- particularly when it comes to their lunch buffet. Not only is it possibly the most incredible value in town (at $4.75 before tax), it offers some of the most delicious vegan cuisine I have ever tasted. Their Lemongrass Tofu is to die for. The Curry Tofu is a miracle. Their vegan egg rolls & spring rolls are always delicious. The well-worth-the-price Pho Ap Chao is phenomenal.

If you're not vegan, no worries! The focus on freshness extends to their meat selections as well. Their Pho is always rich and delicious & served to you with plenty of relishes.

If you happen to be lucky enough to come to the lunch buffet on a day when they make their "Special Greens", you will never taste greens with more flavor anywhere. Their special vegan broth and ginger slices infuse the greens with such tremendous flavor, you will be walking away wondering how such a dish was made. Many regulars comment that Pho Hoa Binh's "special greens" borders on being "Vietnamese soul food".

The service was, at one time, excellent. However, this is a family-
owned business and the death of a family member last year (who was a major part of their excellent service) caused their business dynamics and quality of service to change. However, what the service may lack is made up for in the food quality every time.

I cannot recommend Pho Hoa Binh more.

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Reviewed August 8, 2008

Yum. Big portions, tiny price.

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Reviewed April 11, 2008

Vegan paradise! The lunch buffet includes beautiful soup, 3-4 tofu entrees with additional meat/seafood offerings, and fresh fruit and salad bar. Fresh, flavorful and fast. Very good Vietnamese lunch for $5. Great menu offerings as well.

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