Pho Around Austin #ATXBestEats

I’m no connoisseur, but I am a big fan of phở. How can you not love something that has its own emoji? 🍜

If you’re not familiar, phở is a type of Vietnamese soup, typically made from stock and spices to which noodles and thinly sliced meats and/or veggies are added. Bean sprouts and jalapeño are plentiful. Condiments make the varieties endless.

I crave phở year-round because it’s rich and comforting but with the fresh zing of cilantro and lime. I’m slowly making my way around Austin to as many phở restaurants as possible based on friend’s recommendations. Below is a round-up of pho around Austin with links to the restaurant and full reviews and photos where other local bloggers were able to pitch in.

I’m sure I’ve mistakenly left off a gem. Where’s your favorite place for phở in Austin?

PS There’s a handful of Vietnamese restaurants around Austin serving what is less pho and more chicken noodle soup, so I’ve left those off the list.

AFBA City Guide Pho Around Austin888 Pan Asian Restaurant
2400 E. Oltorf St., #1A, Austin, TX 78740
M-Sat 11:00 am – 2:00 am
Sun 11:00 am – 11:30 pm

Pho Austin Dong Nai

Dong Nai

Dong Nai
4211 S. Lamar Blvd., E1, Austin, TX 78704
Everyday 11:00 am – 10:00 pm

Pho Around Austin Elizabeth Street Cafe

Elizabeth Street Cafe

Elizabeth Street Cafe
1501 S. 1st St., Austin, TX 78704
Everyday 8:00 am – late

Hai Ky
1931 E. Oltorf #B, Austin, TX, 78741
Everyday 11:00 am – 10 pm

3736 Bee Caves Road, Austin TX, 78746
M-Th 11:00 am – 8:30 pm
F 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sat 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Sun closed

3808 Spicewood Springs, Austin TX, 78759
M-Sat 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sun closed

Hea Cafe
500 E. Ben White, Suite D-200, Austin, TX 78704
Everyday 10:00 am – 9:00 pm

Kim Phung Restaurant
7601 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX 78753
Everyday 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Mekong River
215 E. 6th St., Austin, TX, 78701
M-F 10:30 am – 3:30 pm
Sat-Sun closed

Minh’s Cafe
12221 Riata Trace Parkway, Ste. 190, Austin, TX 78727
M-F 11:00 am – 2:30 pm and 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Sat 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Sun 11:30 am – 9:00 pm

Pho Dan
11220 N. Lamar Blvd., B-200, Austin, TX 78753
Everyday 8:30 am – 9:00 pm
Review by Foodie is the New Forty

Pho Hoang
2521 Rutland Dr., Austin, TX, 78758
Everyday 9:00 am – 9:00 pm

399 W. Louis Henna Blvd., Ste. C, Austin TX 78728
Everyday 9:00 am – 9:00 pm

Pho King
1021 E. Parker Lane, Austin TX 78759
Everyday 9:30 am – 9:00 pm

Pho Saigon
10901 N. Lamar Blvd., A108, Austin, TX 78753
Everyday 9:30 am – 9:00 pm
Review by Austinite Tips

Pho Thaison

Pho Thaison

Pho Thaison
3601 W. William Cannon, #250, Austin TX 78749
Everyday 11:00 am – 3:30 pm and 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm

1908 Guadalupe, Austin, TX 78705
Everyday 11:00 am – 3:30 pm and 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm

161 W. Slaughter Lane, #L850, Austin, TX 78749
Everyday 11:00 am – 3:30 pm and 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm

2438 W. Anderson Lane, Austin, TX 78757
Everyday 11:00 am – 3:30 pm and 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm

2121 E. Oltorf, #12b, Austin, TX 78741
Everyday 11:00 am – 3:30 pm and 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm

5401 S. FM 1626, #307, Kyle, TX 78640
Everyday 11:00 am – 3:30 pm and 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Pho Van
8557 Research Blvd., #120, Austin, TX 78758
Everyday 10:30 am – 9:00 pm

PhoNatic
Locations in Mueller and Round Rock opening in 2015!
Review by Oh Hey

2525 W. Anderson Lane, Building 3, Suite 280, Austin, TX 78757
Everyday 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

9900 S. IH 35, Suite P500, Austin, TX 78748
Everyday 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

1468 E. Whitesone Blvd., Suite 200, Cedar Park, TX 78613
Everyday 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Sagiang Restaurant
12636 Research Blvd., Austin, TX 78749
Everyday 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Sea Dragon
8776 Research Blvd., Austin, TX 78758
Everyday 11:00 am – 2:30 pm and 4:30 pm – 9:00 p

Sunflower Restaurant
8557 Research Blvd., #146, Austin, TX 78758
Sun – Th 10:00 am – 9:30 pm, Fri-Sat 10:00 am – 10:00 pm

Tam Deli & Cafe
8222 N. Lamar Blvd., D33, Austin, TX 78753
Everyday except Tues 10:00 am – 8:00 pm, Tues closed

Tan My Restaurant
1601 Ohlen Rd., Austin, TX 78748
Everyday 10:00 am – 9:00 pm

Thanh Nhi
9200 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX 78753
Everyday 10:00 am – 9:00 pm

Worthy of the Week

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Book of the Week

I’m currently doing something I never do — reading a stack of books all at the same time, hoping one holds some promise.

  • The Longing of Wayward Girls by Karen Brown — There were glimmers of promise throughout, but ultimately it didn’t deliver.
  • Visiting Hours by Amy Butcher — I downloaded this one for free through Penguin’s First to Read program and it’s difficult to read because 1.) the file isn’t compatible with my Kindle so I’m reading on screen and 2.) it’s another “white person in jail” story and not particularly compelling (he murdered his girlfriend in a psychotic rage and I’m supposed to relate on a BFF level?).
  • I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson — I can’t get past the metaphors in the first chapter, so this one is a probable ditch.
  • Secrets of a Charmed Life by Susan Meissner – I am fully engrossed in this story and it’s pulled ahead as the winner this week.

What have you been reading?

Worthy of the Week

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Book of the Week

I picked up a whole stack of books from the library yesterday (why is it that all the library holds come in at the same exact time?), but the night before I was searching for something to read so I picked up The Longing of Wayward Girls, which has been on my nightstand since approximately July of 2013. It wasn’t bad, but I kept expecting it to be better, know what I mean?

What are you reading this weekend?

February Reads

My love language is gifts (act surprised) and if I had a Valentine, he would have had the easiest gift buying experience ever this year. There’s a slew of excellent books being released this month and a stack of them would turned me into a giant heart eye emoji. 😍

Are you looking forward to reading any of these February reads?

Funny Girl by Nick Hornby, February Reads, Books

Funny Girl by Nick Hornby (February 3) Set in 1960’s London, Funny Girl is a lively account of the adventures of the intrepid young Sophie Straw as she navigates her transformation from provincial ingénue to television starlet amid a constellation of delightful characters. Insightful and humorous, Nick Hornby’s latest does what he does best: endears us to a cast of characters who are funny if flawed, and forces us to examine ourselves in the process.

Single Carefree Mellow by Katherine Heiny, February Reads

Single, Carefree, Mellow by Katherine Heiny (February 3) Maya is in love with both her boyfriend and her boss. Sadie’s lover calls her as he drives to meet his wife at marriage counseling. Gwen pines for her roommate, a man who will hold her hand but then tells her that her palm is sweaty. And Sasha agrees to have a drink with her married lover’s wife and then immediately regrets it. These are the women of Single, Carefree, Mellow, and in these eleven sublime stories they are grappling with unwelcome houseguests, disastrous birthday parties, needy but loyal friends, and all manner of love, secrets, and betrayal.

My Sunshine Away by M.O. Walsh, February Reads

My Sunshine Away by M.O. Walsh (February 10) My Sunshine Away unfolds in a Baton Rouge neighborhood best known for cookouts on sweltering summer afternoons, cauldrons of spicy crawfish, and passionate football fandom. But in the summer of 1989, when fifteen-year-old Lindy Simpson—free spirit, track star, and belle of the block—experiences a horrible crime late one evening near her home, it becomes apparent that this idyllic stretch of Southern suburbia has a dark side, too.

A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler

A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler (February 10) “It was a beautiful, breezy, yellow-and-green afternoon. . .” This is how Abby Whitshank always begins the story of how she fell in love with Red that day in July 1959. The Whitshanks are one of those families that radiate togetherness: an indefinable, enviable kind of specialness. But they are also like all families, in that the stories they tell themselves reveal only part of the picture. Abby and Red and their four grown children have accumulated not only tender moments, laughter, and celebrations, but also jealousies, disappointments, and carefully guarded secrets. From Red’s father and mother, newly arrived in Baltimore in the 1920s, to Abby and Red’s grandchildren carrying the family legacy boisterously into the twenty-first century, here are four generations of Whitshanks, their lives unfolding in and around the sprawling, lovingly worn Baltimore house that has always been their anchor.

Get In Trouble by Kelly Link

Get In Trouble by Kelly Link (February 3) Hurricanes, astronauts, evil twins, bootleggers, Ouija boards, iguanas, The Wizard of Oz, superheroes, the Pyramids . . . These are just some of the talismans of an imagination as capacious and as full of wonder as that of any writer today. But as fantastical as these stories can be, they are always grounded by sly humor and an innate generosity of feeling for the frailty—and the hidden strengths—of human beings. In Get in Trouble, this one-of-a-kind talent expands the boundaries of what short fiction can do.

The Secrets of Midwives by Sally Hepworth

The Secrets of Midwives by Sally Hepworth (February 10) Neva Bradley, a third-generation midwife, is determined to keep the details surrounding her own pregnancy—including the identity of the baby’s father— hidden from her family and co-workers for as long as possible. Her mother, Grace, finds it impossible to let this secret rest. The more Grace prods, the tighter Neva holds to her story, and the more the lifelong differences between private, quiet Neva and open, gregarious Grace strain their relationship. For Floss, Neva’s grandmother and a retired midwife, Neva’s situation thrusts her back sixty years in time to a secret that eerily mirrors her granddaughter’s—one which, if revealed, will have life-changing consequences for them all. As Neva’s pregnancy progresses and speculation makes it harder and harder to conceal the truth, Floss wonders if hiding her own truth is ultimately more harmful than telling it. Will these women reveal their secrets and deal with the inevitable consequences? Or are some secrets best kept hidden?

Worthy of the Week

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Book of the Week

I read about two things I know nothing about this week: ballet and opera. Astonish Me was an engaging read with a not-so-twist ending. Bel Canto is far more contemporary than I thought it was, with it’s industry and terrorism, and was a real struggle for me. I ended up giving up and starting The Affairs of Others.

What did you read this week?

Oh, and how do you feel about Harper Lee’s new book?!