Hey guys, I’m back! And today, I’m talking to you about one of my more recent obsessions– pho. Fun fact: I tried pho for the first time only about a year ago. I know, I know. Unbelievable. I’ll be the first to admit I am late to the party in trying this amazing Vietnamese noodle soup, but now that I’ve tried it, I am absolutely hooked. Give me any cold, rainy day (and there’s been a lot of them lately in Austin) and a bowl of pho, and I am one happy girl.
That being said you guys have got to check out Pho Please.
This cute pho restaurant is tucked away on East Riverside Dr. in South Austin. And while it’s only been open for a little over two years, Pho Please has become quite popular among locals. When you walk in the interior is clean and aesthetically pleasing, unlike most small, family-owned pho restaurants in the area. Also, the prices are reasonable, and the place has a nice ambiance. There is usually ample seating as well; however, if you come during the lunch or dinner rush, it can get crowded, and you might have to wait for a table. But, don’t leave! I promise the food is worth the wait.
Alright, let’s talk food. My recommendation is to always order the pho. However, their menu offers a wide selection of options including vermicelli bowls, rice plates, bánh mìs, and of course pho. They have also recently added boba drinks to the menu for all you boba lovers. But, for me, the star of the menu is their chicken pho.
Like I mentioned in my last post, I try to avoid red meat when I can, so I always order the chicken pho. But let me tell you, this stuff is SO GOOD. Sometimes I order it as is with meat, and sometimes (like on this day) I order it without. Either way, this pho is the bomb. The broth is well seasoned and flavorful without being greasy. The noodles are always the perfect texture, and there is always plenty of them without throwing off the noodle-to-broth ratio. As seen in the second photo above, I am a fan of all things spicy, so I top mine with Sriracha and chili garlic sauce to give the pho a little extra heat.
Also, each bowl comes with a side of toppings to add in, as pictured below. Pho Please also has a toppings bar where customers can grab more toppings to dress their pho the way they like it. Personally, I always get extra limes, red onion, and green onion to add to mine. In my opinion, adding a few squeezes of lime and a little extra onion is the key to any bowl of pho.
This time when I went to Pho Please, I tried something new– Thai tea with boba. Another fun fact: I had never tried boba up until last month. However, it’s safe to say I’ve had it about four times since. Given my new obsession, I decided to give the Thai tea with boba a try. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised by the taste. It was really good, and I would definitely reorder the next time I stop by Pho Please.
Alright, guys, that’s it for my thoughts on Pho Please! Let me know if you guys have checked out this hot pho spot in the South Austin area. I’d love to know your thoughts and opinions down in the comments below.
Look out for a new post in a few days here on Better Ate Than Never. Honestly, I’ve had a craving for poke all week, and I have just the restaurant in mind. Hope you guys are having a great day! See you soon.
1920 E Riverside Drive, $, phopleaseaustin.com