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May 26, 2012 07:20 AM

Vietnam Bistro in Howell, NJ

We were driving to White Castle for breakfast and saw that a new Vietnamese restaurant is coming soon. It's in the same strip mall as Ritas Ice Cream and White Castle . The possibilities !

2221 Route 9 N
Howell , NJ

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  1. thanx for the info are you saying its in the old Howell flea market space on rt 9?..or?

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    1. re: Tapas52

      It's in the same strip mall as White Castle . Don't know of any flea market .

      1. re: Tapas52

        It's on the northbound side, just before Home Depot. I think there's a Christian coffee house there also...?

        1. re: doggiedoc

          I believe the Christian coffee house went out of business, but I'm familiar with that strip mall. Will be nice to have another place for pho!

          1. re: MarlboroMan

            Big sign is up now anyone been there or online menu?

            1. re: Tapas52

              Is it open already ? I drove by a couple of days ago. But it was still covered in paper.

      2. Just stopped by there today because I saw that the papers covering the store was down. Spoke with the owner. A very friendly guy. They are aiming to open next week. I picked up a menu. It's my first time using the scanner. Hoping it comes through:

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        1. re: wench31

          I stop by today pick up a menu. Spoke to owner is open on 8/11 can't wait to try some pho and pork chop with broken rice:

        2. NOW OPEN - so I went for lunch today and just finished a grilled pork banh mi sandwich, all I can say is very DELICIOUS. I'll be going back again soon to try dinner at this new restaurant. Met the owner Phil who is very friendly and accommodating. Go and check them out ...

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          1. re: CatLadyJan

            Just came back...From the dinner entrees part of the menu, I had grilled pork with vermicelli. It was very good- an assemble your own type plate with grilled pork with fried shallots sprinkled on top, picked carrots and daikon, herbs (cilantro, asian basil, and a long thin leafed herb I couldn't identify), romaine, cucumber slices, some of those super fine rice noodles pressed into flat little sheets, and dipping sauce. I really enjoyed it.

            My husband had a lunch Bun bowl with grilled pork and "egg roll". He said it was good but not too exciting. I thought my meal looked and tasted more interesting even though they were similar ingredients.

            My only gripe was the "peanut sauce" served with the summer rolls. It was more like a tamarind sauce with a few peanuts sprinkled on top.

            I will go back and try more items. The food was good, the place clean and people friendly. It's not knock your socks off but I like it better than Pho Le in Red Bank. Too bad it's a much farther drive for me.

          2. Just stopped in to grab a menu. Not only were some pretty wonderful smells eminating (which auto-correct kept trying to turn into "emu bathing"!) from the kitchen, but there were at least half a dozen Asian families dining 3 pm on a Sunday. Can't wait to try it!

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            1. re: doggiedoc

              Emanating is what it was looking for... but emu bathing sounds even better.

              There's an emu farm (ranch?) down the street from me... I keep wondering where I can get some.

              1. re: drongo

                Much to mom's dismay, I was always out in the first round of the spelling bee. Although I also suspect Steve Jobs had a penchant for emus as whenever I type "enucleation", my iPhone turns it into "emu elation". Things that make you go hmmmm...

            2. We went here for lunch today and ordered the Broken Rice with shredded pork, steamed pork cake and BBQ pork chop and fried egg (C6) and Rice Vermicelli with Vietnamese Egg Rolls (B1). My daughter loved her Broken Rice dish. The steamed pork cake was her favorite. The rice vermicelli was delicious! Service was friendly. Looking forward to trying more from the menu!