Pho King is a small Vietnamese restaurant on Hilltop’s Martin Luther King Jr. Way. It the words of one of it’s regular customers, “Pho King is delightful.” It is a little bit hidden beneath a cover of MLK’s old neighborhood trees and definately worth a regular visit.
Pho King’s staff is friendly and warmly greets each customer with a smile. Servers often allow a choice of tables. Pho King’s menu contains over 50 items, including specialty beverages like bubble tea and Vietnamese soda. In addition to dine-in, Pho King offers a take-out option. There is also a kids’ portion of pho offered to children, ages 12 and under.
Customers who dine in get to enjoy cream puffs and ice water while they select from the menu. The cream puffs are lovely.
The menu includes appetizers, pho (noodle soup), rice plates, rice vermicelli, special items, and beverages. The appetizer menu’s Chicken on Stick is delicious. Customers can order pho with meat, including many cuts of beef, meat balls, and chicken. Pho King also offers a 100% vegetable pho with fried tofu and king mushrooms. All pho choices come with broth, carrots, broccoli, green onions, white onions, and cilantro. Also served is a plate of add-ins, including bean sprouts, basil, lemon, and jalapenos. The prices are reasonable with the most expensive item coming in at under $8.
The interior of the restuarant is painted in warm browns and oranges. It looks a bit like a job in the works, as some trim pieces are missing around the floor and other areas. This does not detract from the visit, though, as the food and customer service make up for anything lacking in the decoration department. The television is almost always on, giving diners something to watch while waiting. One aspect of adornment that certainly adds to the authenticity of Pho King is its collection of photographs from Vietnam that are spaced throughout the restaurant. They show a life much different than ours.
Pho King is a happy place eat. It has a steady stream of regulars and wonderful food. It is a perfect addition to the Hilltop community.