I am a huge fan of food general, but I could eat Asian food for every meal, if needed. There are not many decent food options in Wichita Falls so I find myself visiting the same restaurants or preparing food at home. The places tend that to visit are Wasabi Japanese Steakhouse, I Love Pho (formerly Pho Café), or Pho Viet. While I have reviewed the other two, I had not reviewed Pho Viet…until today.
Pho Viet, is located on Call Field Road behind the new Buffalo Wild Wings and minutes from Wasabi. The restaurant has limited parking due to popularity of Buffalo Wild Wings. I have never had an issue parking though. Pho Viet’s operating hours are 1100 – 2100 Tuesday through Saturday and 1100 – 1500 on Sunday.
The first thing that you notice when entering Pho Viet is the open seating layout. I will do not hate it, but I definitely do like it.
The restaurant has open seating which means that guests can sit anywhere. I usually grab a table near the windows. If you have a bigger party, the center tables or the booth in the back are better. Pho Viet has a nice waiting area by the door for times when there are no tables available or guests wait for takeout orders.
A hostess stand is directly across from the entrance. Due to the distance between the stand and the door, the hostess usually approaches customers as they enter. The hostess stand is used primarily as a cashier as all customer tickets are kept there.
I sat at the first table near the window. This was primarily due to other guests occupying my usual table near the back of the restaurant.
Menus are normally provided by the hostess, who doubles as a waitress, but I grabbed one from the hostess stand before she could offer it.
She came over immediately to take drink and food orders, if I was ready. I ordered a large Pho Tai, Com Suron Thit Nuong Tom Trung op la (???) or marinated pork with shrimp, and spring rolls.
The food was delivered less than 10 minutes later with the marinated pork being the first dish delivered. The pork and shrimp were delicious. My son ate most of it.
The spring rolls were next to be delivered. The rolls were like many that I have had before, but the peanut sauce stood out, it was incredible.
A few minutes later the Pho Tai was delivered. It was a warm, simple mixture of rice noodles, onions, and round steak. I added cilantro, lime, and jalapenos to complete the bowl. The dish was perfect for the frigid, winter day.
Pho Café was my favorite pho spot in town before closing. I Love Pho has continued to hold the spot, but Pho Viet continues to grow on me with every visit. The good thing about this “problem” is I do not have to choose the one that I like the most. Despite my issues with the layout, I will continue to visit Pho Viet.
All photos taken with my iPhone X.