Pho Van - The Street Foods of Vietnam

1919 SE 82nd Ave.
(503) 788-5244
get there via trimet
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7 days: 10am-9:30pm

the Pho Van sign...
The dining room at Pho Van on 82nd
The original Pho Van continues to recreate itself. A new remodel has rendered the space more sophisticated, but the prices are about the same. You can still get pho, salad rolls, and bun (rice noodles with veggies and protein), but you can also get some new interesting things, like beef 7 ways (bo 7 mon) and roasted whole catfish (ca nuong). Admittedly, the catfish and beef 7 ways are special occasion dishes ringing in around $30, but they do serve two easily.

Soups are $5-$7.50, entries $6.50-$8.50. One of my favs is the cha gio chay, spring rolls with tofu and taro root, with soy-ginger dipping sauce. If you really want to impress someone new to Pho Van, order Banh xeo, an impressive crispy rice flour crepe filled with pure yummyness (shrimp & pork)—as big as a dinner plate and golden brown delicious. Bahn xeo is always impressive, but Pho Van's version is quite possibly the best in town. Okay, I've not had anything I don't absolutely love there. It's so yummy, I try to come up with excuses to go there, across town, several times a week.

One of Pho Van's greatest strengths are their ability to work with groups. This is a place that doesn't get flustered with a crowd. And they take reservations for parties of six or more.

This is also a great place to take your unadventuresome midwestern relatives: the place is so beautifully designed, so clean, so stylish, that how can your Applebee's loving mom not approve?

Pho Van is well-known to Eastside pho enthusiasts. It's hard to go wrong with a good bowl of pho, and Pho Van does some of the best. The prices are good, the service is fast, and, it's a great place to take someone who isn't sure about pho. Unlike most of the other eastside pho parlors, Pho Van is gorgeous and lovely and tremendously aesthetically appealing. With the new menu strict vegetarians won't have to go hungry, though their options are limited. Dinner for 2 including appetizers, beer, and tip came in at $25.

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