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Apr 14, 2008 02:15 PM

PHX - Lee Lee Market to open a branch in Peoria at the end of the month

Since I live in the NW Valley, I was happy to hear this, and thought other Hounds would be interested as well. There is also going to be a Hong-Kong style restaurant.

Chandler's popular Lee Lee market to expand

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  1. Rubee, that's such great news, thanks for posting that.

    I'm a little sad we're not getting a pho shop in the storefront, but I guess you can't win them all!

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    1. re: themis

      Hi themis,

      I was wondering if you have any recs for favorite Vietnamese restaurants in the area? Thanks!

      1. re: Rubee

        Can't speak for themis, but I like the following places:

        Little Saigon
        Pho Avina
        Da Vang

        Davang Coffee Shop
        4538 N 19th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85015

        Pho Avina
        4920 W Thunderbird Rd, Glendale, AZ 85306

        Little Saigon
        7016 N 57th Ave, Glendale, AZ 85301

        1. re: andyeats

          I haven't tried Little Saigon yet; it's on my list, but I do really like Pho Avina. Both for the amusing atmosphere and the food. Oddly, haven't ordered either banh mi or pho there; but the boba drinks are awesome.

          web page --

          1. re: themis

            Just adding to this list of Vietnamese restaurants...

            I was talking to one of the Vietnamese women at the salon today and the conversation turned to food (of course). I asked her which was her favorite Vietnamese restaurant in the area, and she said Thao's at 27th and Bethany Home. I plan to check it out this weekend, has anybody been?

            (PS. Themis, could you please email me - address in my bio. Thanks!)

          2. re: andyeats

            I haven't done Little Saigon, but I do like both Avina and Da Vang. I really like the banh mi at Avina's. Da Vang has some good ones as well, but I give the edge to Avina. Da Vang does have a lot of other good stuff, though, and it's pretty inexpensive.

            1. re: Firenza00

              Thanks so much everyone - can't wait to check these plates out!

              1. re: Firenza00

                I guess we've gone off topic from the original post, but I wanted to add that Little Saigon's banh xeo (#4), lemongrass chicken (#50), and bo luc lac (#46) are fantastic!

                1. re: andyeats

                  I was actually going to ask which of the three did the best banh xeo, so thanks for that! Also, does anybody do beef 7 ways (bo bay mun)?

                  1. re: Rubee

                    Not that I'm aware of. I think you'll have to go to Little Saigon (in L.A) for seven course beef.

        2. That's awesome. We usually hit Lee Lee when we go to Vonhanson's, but this will be a lot closer. Well, 20 miles instead of 33. :)

          1. The article didn't mention the actual location in Peoria,where is the market?

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            1. re: twodogs

              The article indicates that the new Lee Lee location is at 75th Ave and Cactus. According to Google search results for: "Albertson's Peoria, AZ" [without the quotation marks], Albertson's used to have a location at 7575 W Cactus, i.e., at the southwest corner of 75th Ave and Cactus, facing Cactus.

              Maybe folks who routinely get that far west can verify?

              1. re: hohokam

                Has anyone tried the new pho place in the Lee Lee Chandler? I've tried it when it was Yen Mi but left underwhelmed. Just curious if it's still the same owner but a different name and remodeled.

                1. re: hohokam

                  Confirmed - it's at the SW corner of 75th Ave and Cactus.

                  1. re: hohokam

                    Yes, we've been watching the (very slow) progress of the new Lee Lee for months. But regarding pho, there is a new Vietnamese restaurant directly across the street. It's called Pholicious, and it's been open for about three weeks. We tried it once -- I had the pho with rare beef, tripe and tendon. I thought the noodles were slightly overcooked and the broth didn't have a lot of depth of flavor. I really wanted pho ga, pho with chicken broth, but didn't see it on the menu. The spring rolls were good. My husband had the bun with roast pork and eggroll, and he said it was good. The menu is pretty extensive, with lots of other choices, including soups with flat noodles and rice dishes.

                    We have had very good experiences with Little Saigon, and think it's the best Vietnamese option in the west valley.

                    1. re: kittyfood

                      Pholicious is over priced. Food is okay. Too bad there aren't any more competition in that area.

                      1. re: kittyfood

                        Hey, anyone know if Pholicious has a liquor license? I googled and I only get So Cal chains. I am trying to organize a get-together tonight and if we all show and there's no bar menu, or it's BYO and we're unprepared, my friends are going to be pretty miffed with me.

                  2. My husband just reported that the new Lee Lee opened at 9:00 this morning. He was checking it out, and said the restaurant isn't open yet, and lots of work is still going on inside the store, but many people are there. I will go by this afternoon.

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                    1. re: kittyfood

                      WOO HOO! Thanks for the update! We stopped by last night and they were hard at work preparing.

                      1. re: andyeats

                        Looks like they are also opening a location in Tucson @ La Cholla and Orange Grove. Near Northwest Medical Center...saw it yesterday when I was down there for work!

                        1. re: ciaogal

                          That's good news for Tucson! I've been going to Lee Lee's since the days of the original little market on Southern and Dobson.