HUNTINGTON — New to downtown Huntington is Pho Noodle House, serving up authentic Vietnamese noodles, soup and bahn mi sandwiches.
Located at 1501 3rd Ave., Huntington, the new restaurant first opened its doors Sunday, June 18, and has quickly found a following as a lunch spot.
"We thought that this area already had Japanese restaurants and Thai food, but we didn't see any Vietnamese places around. We thought we should open one up in walking distance of the university," said manager Wren Nguyen.
"We started leasing this location a couple of months ago. Before we opened we installed a new bar, a dispensary and a walk-in cooler in the back."
A popular comfort food in Vietnam, pho is a soup traditionally made with broth, rice noodles, herbs and meat. Pho Noodle House serves several different varieties including Pho Tai (beef), Pho Ga (chicken), Pho Tom (shrimp), and Pho Bo Vien (meatball). All varieties are available in medium and large sizes and are served with a side salad. There are also Bun noodle dishes on the menu such as Bun Thit Nuon (charbroiled pork) and Bun Rieu (crab).
For those looking for a quick lunch, there is an assortment of bahn mi sandwiches which are a sort of Vietnamese hoagie.
The restaurant offers a variety of different sandwiches — most priced around $4 — served on a petite baguette. These include the Bahn Mi Thit Neuon (grilled pork) and the Bahn Mi Xiu Maj (Vietnamese Meatball).
"Pho is a very healthy food. I think one of the things that makes Vietnamese food different from Thai or Chinese food is that we don't use any oil. We use a lot of fresh vegetables in our dishes," Nguyen said. "Also unlike Indian or Thai food, which is traditionally spicy, with Pho the spice is optional. If you don't like spicy stuff you can tell us."
Nguyen said one of the eatery's most popular dishes at the moment is the Pho Special, which has steak and meatballs, as well as the Special Bahn Mi with Vietnamese bologna, pate and cold cuts.
"Also our Bun Bo Hue, which are spicy noodles, are popular, along with our spring rolls," Nguyen said.
Pho Noodle House is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Cash and all major credit cards are accepted. For carry-out orders call 304-522-2707.
If you go: Pho Noodle House
ADDRESS: 1501 3rd Ave., Huntington
PAYMENTS ACCEPTED: Cash and all major credit cards
HOURS: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday