Though wedged into a shopping center in the southwest corner of town, this cheery Vietnamese bistro buzzes with patrons thrilled to have discovered it. Pho, naturally, stars in this show, the best being a deep bowl of beef broth riddled with brisket, flank steak, and eye of round mingling amiably with silken noodles and crunchy vegetables.
Pho is popping up everywhere, so popular that DFW.com recently dedicated an entire story to singing its praises, including a list of our favorite phos around Dallas-Fort Worth. Pho & Grill on Overton Ridge Boulevard made that list.
We appreciated Pho & Grill’s numerous pho options, some with common meats such as steak and chicken and others with more traditional cuts like tendon and tripe.
Its broth is sublime, with a golden hue and a well-rounded flavor combining savory notes with sweet. Ingredients are fresh, and portions are large. Even a so-called small bowl ($7.50) is likely to send most diners home feeling full and well-fed, one of the primary benefits of a nice bowl of pho.
But to stop at the pho is to miss some of Pho & Grill’s best offerings. This small, family-run spot does a wide variety of dishes.
Pho District isn’t the only new pho restaurant in town. Now comes the recently opened Pho & Grill, occupying Red Door Bistro’s old strip mall spot on Overton Ridge Blvd. The restaurant is owned by Tony Tran, who ran a pho restaurant in Arlington called Kim Hong Restaurant.
While Pho District puts a snazzy spin on traditional Vietnamese food, Pho & Grill is straight-up traditional. The menu consists of 13 types of pho, ranging from the usual (meatball, chicken, steak) to flavors many pho newcomers may not be familiar with (fatty brisket, beef tripe, tendon). The huge menu also includes rice dishes, vermicelli, and house specialties like butter fried frog legs, water spinach and bean curd, catfish hot pot, and spare ribs sautéed in fish sauce. For every dish that may seem unusual to newcomers to authentic Vietnamese fare, there are familiar dishes like sautéed beef and rice, egg rolls, spring rolls and fried rice.
It’s nice to see an authentic pho restaurant in the middle of the Hulen area’s