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“I eat here everytime I am in College Station”
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Pho John's
Price range: $3 - $12
Cuisines: Vietnamese, Asian
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Seating
Southwest Texas
1 review
“I eat here everytime I am in College Station”
Reviewed June 12, 2009

I have eaten pho in many different restaurants and homes and this is the best I have ever had, with the possible exception of a friend's grandmother's kitchen in San Francisco. If you have not tried it, you must!

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English first
College Station, Texas
Level Contributor
37 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“The very best from Viet Nam”
Reviewed September 27, 2008

It is here you get the first class reception & experience the competition lacks ... at about the same price. The food is always fresh, tasty, prompt, inventive & authentic - not to mention good for you! You can't leave without trying one of the soups (Phos). The omnipresent overseer of your happiness maitre d' is the Owner & his creative wife is chief chef! Formal chopsticks complete this upscale experience inside a typical retail storefront near Petco, Ross, Starbucks.

Insider tip: you get a small bowl of their wonderful soup when ordering from the fried rice list of entrees - they don't make that clear on their menu because everyone in Viet Nam knows the meal would be "too dry" without it! How funny.

The only downgrades might be:
~TVs are displayed - why? Prefer soft, authentic native music.
~Past roof leaks have caused some cosmetic ceiling distresses temporarily - they are not distracting
~On very rare occasions, college diners have either been selfishly loud or unaware/unrefined? used offensive language when speaking to each other. Tell the manager who is always caring for customers and he will take care of this pronto.

1 Thank Sunfish49
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college station, tx
1 review
Reviewed September 16, 2008

Service: sucked, the owner greeted us and told us he would be right with us as he delayed in attending to us. Our server was distracted and couldn't remember to bring out our veggies with the Pho soup...or our spoons. When we requested spoons and veggies...he never brought them! we had to ask a different server for these necessary items as our Pho got cold. (by the way, this is when the owner/manager said he would be right with us..then never was).

Food: gag. Ordered the Pho5 - steak flank and tendon. have had pho for decades at a variety of places and never had tendon that was so inedible. Tendon is suppose to have a somewhat chewy but edible texture. Appearance of tendon was unappealing.

took forever to get our food.

somewhat overpriced for a bowl of pho.

would not recommend. We're trying the Pho restaurant across the street...we hope you do too.

Thank p_garcia1920
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“Easily the best pho and...”
Reviewed June 22, 2008

Easily the best pho and bun in B/CS.

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College Station, Texas
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31 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Best Asian Food in College Station”
Reviewed June 10, 2008

In a town dominated by On the Border and Olive Garden, restaurants like this are a bit of a rarity. The restaurant has been expanded with TV's and a dessert bar added. Service is generally good though there seems to be an increasing turnover in the staff. If he is there, the manager will always greet guests. Food leans a bit towards Thai-Vietnamese though there is not too much evidence of fish sauce. Lots of coconut, curry, and pineapple. There are also a lot of dishes based on noodles in broth, usually a difficult item to find in Asian restaurants with many westerners. Prices are modest but increasing, portions reasonably sized but not huge. The restaurant appears clean and professionally run. Parking right next to the restaurant can be a challenge because of the popularity of an adjacent nail salon but there are always spaces available.

Thank DanaZ
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