A Vietnamese broth-based dish is warmly received on the Texas Coast
Pho, pronounced “fuh,” is believed to date back to the late 19th century or the early 20th century in northern Vietnam.
“Traditionally made with chicken or beef broth, and spiced with an array of flavors and topped with herbs, pho has gone on to capture the attention of the Western world given its complex characteristics,” according to worldtravelguide.net. “This dish’s origins are poorly documented, resulting in significant disagreement over the cultural influences that led to its development in Vietnam and the etymology of the word.”
Whatever its origins, there’s no disputing pho is a popular dish on the upper Texas coast. Here’s where to find it:
If you’re looking for a mixture of Vietnamese and Thai foods, you’ll want to visit this mainland staple. Along with various phos featuring sliced rare steak or beef meatballs, Thai salads and rice plates also are on the menu. Along with the pho, try the marinated barbecued skewers, lettuce wraps and fish patties, too.
2820 Palmer Highway, Texas City, 409.945.5811
This restaurant gets rave reviews for its Crawfish Pho. But mild eaters should beware: This dish features a Cajun-infused broth, full of flavor, and includes crawfish tail meat, smoked andouille sausage and all that comes with a traditional bowl of pho. Add shrimp and you’ll be in pho heaven.
939 Bay Area Blvd., Webster, 832.905.5154
NOBI ASIAN GRILL
Known for its pho soups, which are served only on Sundays during lunch and Mondays for dinner, this restaurant has so much more to offer. Try its banh mi sandwich, which is a hoagie piled high with chargrilled pork, chicken, meatballs or lemongrass tofu topped with sliced pickled carrots, jalapeños and fresh herbs. But if you’re seeking pho, make sure you’re there early because it sells out fast.
3640 FM 528, Friendswood, 281.482.6624
Along with serving savory and flavorful pho, this restaurant also is known for its milk and tea in flavors such as black, jasmine, honey, lychee, watermelon, peach, mango and taro, and its stir-fried seafood and vegetable with rice dish is something to write home about. On the pho front, don’t leave before trying the marble brisket, soft tendon and beef meatballs with rice noodle soup and a side of corn cheese as an appetizer.
704 Holiday Drive, Galveston, 409.762.8849
This Vietnamese noodle restaurant is the go-to island favorite for pho and all that comes with it. From fan favorites like chicken noodle soup to beef noodle soup with round steak, you’re sure to get your fill of all things pho. And, don’t forget about the egg rolls, spring rolls, steam rice platters, salad and even smoothies.
2101 Broadway, Galveston, 409.750.9200
PHO BANH MI BISTRO & GRILL
If you like your pho to go, that’s great, because this establishment accepts only takeout orders. Traditional pho is the norm, but pick up some Banh Mi Bo Nuong, which is a grilled beef sandwich served with a small soup. This restaurant also serves up specialty drinks such as Iced Tropical Lush featuring fresh artichoke with coconut jelly and basil seeds. Not so adventurous? Teas in a myriad of flavors, as well as spring and egg rolls, also are on the menu.
1804 FM 646, Dickinson, 832.340.7165
This colorful eatery serves piping hot pho in a variety of recipes. In addition to the noodle soup, try the fried rice plates featuring pork, chicken, beef, shrimp or tofu. But the Vietnamese sandwiches will have you going back for more.
3728 Broadway, Galveston, 409.762.3888
Serving up Vietnamese and Chinese cuisine, Pho Yen is a customer favorite. Pho steals the show here, but try the seafood, vermicelli, veggies, chicken dishes and more. Check out the daily lunch specials, too.
1612 S. Friendswood Drive, Friendswood, 281.993.0671
From grilled pork to grilled sliced beef or honey-glazed shrimp pho choices, this restaurant has it all. Looking for vegetarian and low-calorie dishes? Try the steamed vegetables with chicken and shrimp, tofu stir-fried with mixed vegetables, or the eggplant garlic sauce — if you like it spicy. Traditional Chinese soups such as wonton and egg drop also are on the menu, as well as a wide variety of Vietnamese and Chinese foods.
1101 FM 517 E., Dickinson, 281.534.2126
As the new kid on the block, this island eatery with Gulf of Mexico views serves up pho in an assortment of flavors and is quickly becoming a fan favorite. If you love the traditional seafood staples of shrimp, catfish and crawfish, this is the place for you. Oh, and there are tacos, too.
8910 Seawall Blvd., Suite E, Galveston, 409.632.7204