>Hoa Binh has become somewhat of a tradition with my pho-loving friend and I. Our weekly outings for pho (sometimes detouring to various other meals) have always centered in and around lil Saigon, but Hoa Binh is where we find ourselves over and over again. The pho here isn’t the best, but it definitely is the most consistent. It is consistently good. We’ve been to other places which serve up the best pho yet different visits will produce a different bowl of pho, often, not resembling anything like one visit to the other. Here, you know you will always get the same level of goodness, a piping hot bowl, served with very fresh condiments such as bean sprouts, Thai basil, ngo gai leaves, chilis and lime or lemon wedges. The beef pho is all 50% off when dining in which makes this tasty bowl of soupy goodness one of the most affordable meal around. The menu isn’t only limited to pho, there is bun (vermecelli), com (rice) and various other specialty items. Everything I’ve tried here is good, especially the combination bun (pictured) which is highly refreshing on a hot summer’s day with plenty of greens, grilled beef and egg rolls. The restaurant is clean and service is brisk and best of all, they accept credit cards which is rare in lil Saigon’s often ‘cash only’ establishments.
Hoa Binh, 14472 Brookhurst Street, Garden Grove, CA 92842. Tel: 714-531-3088