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ieathereforeiam Dec 31, 2011 09:42 AM

Inexpensive solid Pho and Vietnamese offerings in the Allandale Wallmart shopping center from the folks who own Pho Saigon. They have an extensive menu pho, stew, grilled proteins over rice/noodles and the standard eggroll/springroll appetizers.

The pork banh mi sliders (on steam buns) were tasty but the bun did have some chew to it like it had been steamed a bit ago, but the pork was spot on.

We also had a beef stew, a pork/shrimp wonton pho and a kids order of grilled chicken over rice. including the sliders and one drink the total bill was $27 and we took a whole order of pho home.

There isn't much to the interior. its just a place to eat. Very generous portions, fast friendly service and a great price point will make this a regular lunch spot for me.

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  1. BTAustin RE: ieathereforeiam Dec 31, 2011 11:30 AM

    Thanks! We could use some good pho without driving all the way over to Lamar. Pho Saigon is great.

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      singlemalt RE: ieathereforeiam Jan 11, 2012 01:13 PM

      Today for lunch had the vermicelli with egg rolls. Good enough to warrant return visits. I talked to a fellow who is probably the manager/owner and he said this is a one of a kind, not a franchise nor chain. It is sort of a fast food type deal where you order from a touch screen if you are using a c.c. This interior is minimalist but I believe well done and has good design elements. I was impressed with the place in both food and appearance. When I went in around 12:30 most of the tables were taken.

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        ChrisStein RE: singlemalt Jan 11, 2012 05:24 PM

        We've been a number of times now. I like it. I think calling it Solid Pho like ieathereforiam did is a good description. Is there a better bowl of pho in town? Probably. I might give that nod to Pho Hoang on Rutland. But Phonatic is pretty good, with a really nice selection of Pho, Bun and some other interesting soups. they are in a neighborhood which up until now didn;t have much vietnamese options, so that's good. And the interior is clean and comfortable. All in all a good go to spot when you don't feel like gooding or if its one of those rare cold rainy days in Austin and you crave a hot bowl of soup.

      2. chispa_c RE: ieathereforeiam Jan 12, 2012 07:41 AM

        I went last night and ordered a 'regular' size of noodles and added some steamed veggies to it.. I had one full serving and have enough left for yet another full size serving either for lunch or tonight.

        I ordered mine to go and was given bean sprouts, onions, basil, cilantro, jalapenos and 2 sauces to add to my soup. The steamed veggies were also served on the side so I could choose what I wanted to add to my soup. It was all very fresh and very good.

        The manager was very kind and I was told this place is family owned. I'm glad they are doing well.

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          singlemalt RE: chispa_c Jan 12, 2012 09:56 AM

          I think an interesting side benefit of this place is the name. Perhaps it will teach people the correct pronunciation of the word "pho". Also there is a sign inside that says the food is "pho-nomenal", another heuristic, I hope. ( I have been corrected more than once by those who tell me that it is pronounced as the word "foe")

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          blueclaw666 RE: ieathereforeiam Jan 14, 2012 02:09 PM

          I like this place a lot. My favorite Pho in town is probably Tan my or Pho Huong but the filet mignon pho at Pho-natic can't be beat! Never had meat so tender in pho before. This post reminded me to go back next week. :)

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