Eatery - Pho Thang Long (CA)

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9550 Bolsa Ave, Ste 115F, Westminster, CA 92683
Pricing - $ | Dining - Casual | Cuisine - Vietnamese

It's odd being away for so many years and then coming back to the area to live again. My cousins from out of the state were in town and wanted to get some good Vietnamese food. Our dinner was slated to be quite late in the evening so my choices were limited in terms of where to go. Luckily, I had a friend who suggested this place to me and it was actually pretty decent. It wasn't the best of phở places I have been to but it was pretty good. The perk is that it's open until 3 am every night so if you ever get a late night hankering, you could drop on by and expect service! It was also the cleanest and most "chic" looking phở restaurant I've been to; it was reminiscent of a contemporary art hotel lobby.

I got the cà phê sữa đá for my drink out of nostalgia from the Vietnam trip and because it seems like the proper thing to do to check the authenticity of a Vietnamese restaurant. It didn't come out with a coffee strainer actually so points are lost for that one. My drink was also already mixed! I was expecting that if I didn't have the coffee thing, I'd at least have my milk and coffee separate. Oh well. It was only so so and a bit too generous on the ice in my opinion. I had thought that the cost was cheap on the menu but in the end, it wasn't great for the two bucks.

The phở here is a tad more expensive than other places I am used to. It was $5.45 for a small and 50 cents more for a large. To be fair, there was a HUGE difference between the small and large so whoever gets a large will snag its worth if s/he can finish the bowl. One of the first things I noticed about the phở was that the broth was clean. It wasn't grimy or greasy; it actually tasted pretty good though less flavorful than really authentic Vietnamese phở. I think it was Americanized a bit with less bone in the broth. Oh well. The noodles were great and the filet mignon slices were ridiculously thin. I loved the steak! I had ordered a small of the phở tái nạm gần sch but the tripe was quite skimpy. I think the largest serving was of the steak. Overall, a solid dish but not out of this world. It scratched the phở itch I had been having.